Mental illness causes a substantial health burden in all regions of the world, and is a major contributor to world poverty.
Developing a National Mental Health Policy is designed to support those involved in developing locally appropriate mental health policies, emphasising the crucial role of primary care, NGOs, the social sector, schools and workplaces, and the criminal justice system as well as the specialist mental health services.
The book addresses the principles of human rights, mental health legislation, mental health information systems, human resources, accountability and financing as well as key cultural issues. It gives a comprehensive and up to date account of the task of tailoring mental health services to the needs of countries in the post-institutional era.
Table of Contents
Introductory Issues. Tackling the Public Health Burden of Mental Illness. Developing the Overall Strategy. Legislation. Mental Health Information Systems. Mental Health Promotion. Primary Care. Specialist Care and its Links with Primary Care. Interagency Working. Tackling the Morality of Mental Illness. Investing for the Future. Some Special Priorities. Traditional Healers. Tackling Disaster and Conflict. Common Problems with Mental Health Policy.
'This book represents an excellent, practical and supportive guide for those who should be engaged in mental health. It will be an invaluable tool as we work towards promoting, protecting and improving mental health in poor countries, and the incorporation of mental health issues into broader health sector and poverty reduction processes.' - Julian Lob Levyt
'This book is a major achievement, and fulfils an important need in many countries of the world.' - David Goldberg