Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Public Health

Community Mental Health in Canada: Policy, Theory and Practice

Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Public Health

Community Mental Health in Canada: Policy, Theory and Practice

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Community Mental Health in Canada: Policy, Theory and Practice Simon Davis. Vancouver, BC: UBC Press, 2006; 384 pp., Cloth $85.00, Paper $34.95

Within this comprehensive book, Davis examines community mental health care within Canada. he outlines the current delivery of mental health care, past trends in mental health care, as well as suggestions for change in the future. although geared for future mental health practitioners, this book is useful for readers interested in how society and the legal system interface with mental illness.

In the first three chapters, Davis outlines what constitutes mental illness. the overall prevalence rate of mental illness in Canada is offered, as well as the individual and societal impact of mental illness, such as increased mortality rate and stigma. broad understandings of mental illness that shape treatment are presented - biological (nature) versus environment (nurture). the DsM iV-tR criteria of varied types of mental illness, such as schizophrenia and depression, are outlined, as well as the etiology, course, prognosis and treatment of specific forms of mental illness. social issues, such as homelessness and the overrepresentation of the mentally ill within prisons, are also discussed. …

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