Mental illness accounts directly for 14% of the global burden of disease and significantly more indirectly, and recent reports recognise the need to expand and improve mental health delivery on a global basis, especially in low and middle income countries. This text defines an approach to mental healthcare focused on the provision of evidence-based, cost-effective treatments, founded on the principles of sharing the best information about common problems and achieving international equity in coverage, options and outcomes. The coverage spans a diverse range of topics and defines five priority areas for the field. These embrace the domains of global advocacy, systems of development, research progress, capacity building, and monitoring. The book concludes by defining the steps to achieving equality of care globally. This is essential reading for policy makers, administrators, economists and mental health care professionals, and those from the allied professions of sociology, anthropology, international politics and foreign policy.
Samuel O. Okpaku, Jordi Alonso, Somnath Chatterji, Y. He, Ronald C. Kessler, Robert Kohn, Takashi Izutsu, Atsuro Tsutsumi, Moosa Salie, Edwin Cameron, Heather Stuart, Ramachandran Padmavati, Chris Underhill, Sarah Kippen Wood, Jordan Pfau, Shoba Raja, Dinesh Bhugra, Norman Sartorius, Diana Rose, Rita Thom, David Ndetei, Patrick Gatonga, Victoria N. Mutiso, Teddy Gafna, Anne W. Mbwayo, Lincoln I. Khasakhala, Manuela Silva, Jose Miguel Caldas de Almeida, Feijun Luo, Lijing Ouyang, Deborah M. Stone, Sally Field, Emily Baron, Ingrid Meintjes, Thandi van Heyningen, Simone Honikman, Maureen Durkin, Matthew J. Maenner, Margarita Alegria, Anne Valentine, Sheri Lapatin, Natasja Koitzsch Jensen, Sofia Halperin-Goldstein, Anna Lessios, Felipe Picon, Andrea Fiorillo, Ruwan M. Jayatunge, Daya Somasundaram, Marco Bertelli, M. Thomas Kishore, Carla K. Danielson, Julia W. Felton, Zachary W. Adams, Laura MacPherson, Thara Rangaswamy, Hema Tharoor, Erminia Colucci, R. Pryor, Janis H. Jenkins, Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good, Atsuro Tsutsumi, Takashi Izutsu, Rachel Jenkins, Florence Baingana, David McDaid, Rifat Atun, Janice Cooper, Rodney Presley, Duncan Pedersen, Hanna Kienzler, Sabrina Hermosilla, Sadro Galea, Inka Weissbecker, Lynne Jones, Lance Gable, Robert van Voren, Rob Keukens, Martin de Vries, Diego de Leo, Lay San Too, Claire van der Westhuizen, Katherine Sorsdahl, Gail Wyatt, Dan Stein, Ester Shapiro, Isabel Louro Bernal, Clare Pain, Atalay Alem, Athula Sumathipala, Jorge Rodriquez, Victor Aparicio
About the Editor:
Samuel O. Okpaku is Professor of Psychiatry and Executive Director of the Center for Health, Culture and Society at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, USA.