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A Public Health Approach to Mental Health. (Chapter One)
Mental health is as important as physical health to the overall well-being of individuals, societies and countries. Yet only a small minority of the 450 million people suffering from a mental or behavioural disorder are receiving treatment. Advances...
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Burden of Mental and Behavioural Disorders. (Chapter Two)
Mental and behavioural disorders are common, affecting more than 25% of all people at some time during their lives. They are also universal, affecting people of all countries and societies, individuals at all ages, women and men, the rich and the poor,...
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Mental Health Policy and Service Provision. (Chapter Four)
Governments, as the ultimate stewards of mental health, need to set policies -- within the context of general health systems and financing arrangements -- that will protect and improve the mental health of the population. In terms of financing, people...
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Message from the Director-General
Mental illness is not a personal failure. It doesn't happen only to other people. We all remember a time not too long ago when we couldn't openly speak about cancer. That was a family secret. Today, many of us still do not want to talk about AIDS....
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Overview
This landmark World Health Organization publication aims to raise public and professional awareness of the real burden of mental disorders and their costs in human, social and economic terms. At the same time it intends to help dismantle many of those...
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Solving Mental Health Problems. (Chapter Three)
Over the past half century, the model for mental health care has changed from the institutionalization of individuals suffering from mental disorders to a community care approach backed by the availability of beds in general hospitals for acute cases....
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Statistical Annex
The tables in this technical annex present updated information on the burden of disease and summary measures of population health in WHO Member States and Regions for the year 2000. The material in these tables will be presented on an annual basis...
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The Way Forward. (Chapter Five)
Governments have a responsibility to give priority to mental health. In addition, international support is essential for many countries to initiate mental health programmes. The actions to be taken in each country will depend on the resources available...
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