This international survey defines mental health as a basic human right, and tracks the emergence of mental health prevention and promotion as a global priority. Locating mental illness within a cycle of negative causes and effects affecting human quality of life, the editors identify modern policy barriers to promotion/prevention initiatives, particularly the favoring of the biomedical health model by major stakeholders. The book's selection of successful programs from diverse countries displays a lifespan approach, emphasizing the centrality of interdisciplinary educational settings in providing primary and secondary prevention and promotion interventions, and the ongoing fight against missing financial investigations, discrimination and stigma. Together, these papers make a forceful argument for rights- based responses to worldwide mental health needs as part of the commitment toward global human rights and long-term development goals.
Included in the coverage:
· Mental health priorities around the world.
· Social determinants of mental health.
· Mental health and stigma: aspects of anti-stigma interventions.
· Promoting social and emotional wellbeing and responding to mental health problems in schools.
· The promotion and delivery of mental health services in primary care settings.
· Economic evaluation of mental health promotion and mental illness prevention.
Bringing to the fore public health concerns that are too often marginalized, Global Mental Health is necessary reading for health professionals, health and clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, medical sociologists, and policymakers.
Sabine Bährer-Kohler, Dr. Dipl. Dipl., Doctorate in Social Science, Diploma in Education, Diploma in Social Work and Social Education is Invited Professor at International University of Catalonia (UIC), Barcelona. She is former president of the International Psychogeriatric Association and serves as the International Federation of Social Workers representative at the World Health Organization, contributing to the ICD-10/ICD-11 revision process. She is president of the Swiss Association for Mental Health and has more than 80 publications to her credit.
Francisco Javier Carod-Artal, MD, PhD, is a clinical neurologist and social anthropologist. He studied medicine at Zaragoza University, Spain, and made his residence in neurology at Miguel Servet Hospital, in Zaragoza, Spain. Dr. Carod-Artal is a consultant neurologist and neurology service lead at the National Health Service, United Kingdom. Since 2012 Dr. Carod Artal has also been visiting professor of neurology at UIC University in Barcelona, where he directs the International Master in Tropical Neurology. Dr. Carod-Artal developed several research programs in neurology, and published more than 180 articles in national and international neurology journals.