From science to action: the Lancet Series on Global Mental Health.


Patel, V; Sartorius, N; (2008) From science to action: the Lancet Series on Global Mental Health. Current opinion in psychiatry, 21 (2). pp. 109-13. ISSN 0951-7367 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1097/YCO.0b013e3282f43c7f

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Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The Lancet journal has recently published a series of six articles on global mental health, with a focus on mental disorders in low-income and middle-income countries. This article provides a narrative account of the background to the series, its development and the key messages of these articles. RECENT FINDINGS: The series reports that mental disorders are so inextricably linked with other health concerns that there can be no health without mental health; mental disorders disproportionately affect the poor, and those who are disadvantaged and vulnerable; mental disorders are, even in the poorest countries of the world, a leading cause of disability and loss of economic productivity; low-cost treatments are feasible, affordable and effective for many mental disorders and these treatments can be delivered by community or general health workers; and the treatment gap approaches 90% even for the most severe disorders. SUMMARY: The series ends with a call for action to scale-up an evidence-based package of services for people with mental disorders, with a commitment to protect their human rights, and provides information on the costs, indicators and research strategies to support this action.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- ) > Dept of Nutrition and Public Health Interventions Research (2003-2012)
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- )
Research Centre: Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
PubMed ID: 18332652
Web of Science ID: 253450000001
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/8125

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