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William W. Eaton

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195390445

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390445.001.0001

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Mental Health Systems Around the World

Mental Health Systems Around the World

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(p.440) 16 Mental Health Systems Around the World
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Public Mental Health
Author(s):

Shekhar Saxena

Judith K. Bass

Anita Everett

William W. Eaton

Atieh Novin

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390445.003.0016

This chapter gives an overview of the wide range in capacity and availability of mental health services around the globe. The first section discusses the concepts, definitions, measurement instruments, and sources of data bearing on global mental health and mental illness. That information provides background for the balance of the discussion by exposing the dearth of system-level instruments and readily comparable global data to help guide international public mental health policy. This is followed by an exploration of selected data on mental health systems around the world. Finally, the chapter presents a brief summary of mental health-related activities by leading international agencies.

Keywords:   mental health services, public health, mental illness, mental health policy

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