Mental Health Policy and Practice across Europe: The Future Direction of Mental Health Care

Mental Health Policy and Practice across Europe: The Future Direction of Mental Health Care

Mental Health Policy and Practice across Europe: The Future Direction of Mental Health Care

Mental Health Policy and Practice across Europe: The Future Direction of Mental Health Care

Synopsis

We are proud to announce that this book is joint winner of the EHMA Baxter Award 2007.

"A genuinely fantastic resourse; such a rare text that provides such factual information for students and lecturers. A rich review of the subject areas from across Europe. Fantastic text."
Chris Kelly, Programme Leader, Bournemouth University

"Mental Health Policy and Practice Across Europe is a fascinating, complicated volume that looks at one of the key dimensions of contemporary mental health policy development in Europe - the role of the European Union (EU)."
Medicine Weekly

In much of Europe it remains taboo to discuss the challenges that poor mental health raises for governments, societies and particularly for people with mental health problems themselves.

This book maps the current state of policy, service provision and funding for mental health care across Europe, taking into account the differing historical contexts that have shaped both the development and delivery of services. A holistic approach is adopted that aims to assess the influence on mental health of environmental factors such as housing, poverty, employment, social justice and displacement.

Covering a wide range of policy issues, the book:

  • Examines the legal rights of people with mental health problems
  • Addresses the impact of stigma, social exclusion and discrimination
  • Reviews the role of users and their families in the development of mental health services and policy
  • Reflects on approaches to reform and on the future development of services
  • Evaluates opportunities for the rehabilitation of people with mental health problems
  • Discusses the financing and organisation of mental health systems
  • Reflects on approaches to reform and the future development of services
Mental Health Policy and Practice Across Europe is key reading for policy makers, professionals involved in the delivery of health and social care services, voluntary agencies, non-governmental organizations, academics and students of health policy.

Contributors: Francesco Amaddeo, University of Verona, Italy; Peter Anderson, Department of Primary Care, University of Oxford; Robert Anderson, Research Director, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working ; Terry Brugha, University of Leicester; Peter Bower, National Primary Care Research and Development Centre, University of Mancheste; Lorenzo Burti, University of Verona, Italy; Kathryn Berzins, Claire Curran; Paul Cutler, The Hamlet Trust; Natalie Drew, Dept of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, World Health Organization, Genev; Angelo Fioritti, University of Bologna, Italy; Michelle Funk, Dept of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, World Health Organization, Geneva; Simon Gilbody, Department of Psychiatry, University of Leeds; Vidar Halsteinli, SINTEF, Oslo, Norway; Robert Hayward, The Hamlet Trust; Rachel Jenkins, WHO Collaborating Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, London; Heinz Katschnig, University of Vienna, Austria; Robert Keukens, Geneva Initiative on Psychiatry, Hilversum, The Netherlands; Susan Kirkwood, European Federation of Associations of Families of People with Mental Illness, Belgium; Martin Knapp, Director, PSSRU and LSE Health and Social Care, London School of Economics and Political Science, London; Viviane Kovess, MGEN, Pari; Eva Jane Llopis, Prevention Research Centre, Academic Centre for Social Sciences and Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands; Jo Lucas, The Hamlet Trust; Ville Lehtinen, National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health (STAKES), Helsinki, Finland; Lorenza Magliano, Department of Psychiatry, University of Naples, Italy; David McDaid, LSE Health and Social Care and European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, London School of Economics and Political Science; Elias Mossialos, Director, LSE Health and Social Care and European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, London School of Economics and Political Science; Camilla Parker, Legal and Policy Consultant, Open Society Institute Budapest; Dainius Puras, Department of Social Pediatrics and Child Psychiatry, Vilnius Medical University; Roxana Radulescu, Mental Health Europe, Brussels; Diana Rose, Service Users Research Enterprise, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, London; Nikolas Rose, Department of Sociology, London School of Economics and Political Science; Luis Salvador, University of Cadiz, Spain; Benedetto Saraceno, Director, Mental Health, World Health Organization, Geneva; Liz Sayce, Director, Disability Rights Commission; Edward Shorter, University of Toronto; Michele Tansella, University of Verona; Graham Thornicroft, Health Services Research Department, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, London; Toma Tomov, Department of Psychiatry, University of Sofia, Bulgaria; Charles Watters, University of Kent, Canterbury; Richard Wynne, The Work Research Centre, Dublin; Robert Van Voren, General Secretary, Geneva Initiative on Psychiatry, Hilversum, The Netherlands; Ingrid Zechmeister, University of Vienna

Excerpt

Mental health may be the most neglected public health issue. in much of Europe it remains a taboo to discuss the challenges that mental health raises for governments, societies, and particularly for people with mental health problems themselves. Stigma, prejudice and discrimination are widespread and deeply rooted and, if not addressed, can prevent any progress towards positive change. There are also significant legal and policy-related barriers to the full inclusion of people with mental health problems into society, and to date there has been little effort to address them. Since many governments fail to see the treatment of people with mental health problems as an issue of human rights, there is little political momentum for reform.

Mental Health Policy and Practice across Europe is an important step toward bringing the issue of mental health to the forefront of the public policy debate. in examining historical context, social factors, the legal and human rights perspective, community-based service provision and the role of people with mental health problems as advocates, it serves as a reference for those working to transform mental health policy and lays out a blueprint for moving forward. the editors have done a remarkable job in gathering eminent figures in the European mental health community to author the chapters, and in pulling together this wide array of subjects into a cohesive whole. While highlighting the challenges faced by those who are working in the field of mental health advocacy, this book also reminds us that there are many examples of good practice across Europe–both east and west–and that we have much to learn from each other.

For the past ten years I have had the privilege of working for the Open Society . . .

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