Mental health

The mental health context

WHO mental health policy and service guidance package - module 6

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World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: vii, 46 p.
Publication date: 2003
Languages: Arabic, English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Greek.
ISBN: ISBN 9241545941
WHO reference number: WM 30 2003 V6

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Overview

This module describes the current global context of mental health. Beginning with an outline of the current burden of mental disorders, the module sets the stage by describing the historical background to the current situation and summarising recent developments in the understanding, treatment and care of people with mental disorders. An analysis is provided of trends in global health reform and their implications for mental health. To illustrate how these global trends can be addressed by governments, and to introduce the reader to the guidance package, a summary is then provided of the modules in the guidance package. This module will enable readers to gain an understanding of the global context of mental health and to select which modules will be useful to them in their particular situations.

This module is part of the WHO Mental Health Policy and Service Guidance Package. The package consists of a series of interrelated user-friendly modules designed to address the wide variety of needs and priorities in policy development and service planning. Each module addresses a core aspect of mental health.