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"As the world moves into an era of sustainable development, spectacular reductions in mortality have encouraged a radical shift in perspective-away from mere survival and towards healthy wellbeing. The post-2015 global health agenda will be shaped by a broader view of what it is to be human. Global Mental Health provides the foundation for a new vision of humanity." --Richard Horton, MD, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet
"If we truly aspire to address the burden of illness from neglected conditions, promote health equity, build integrated primary health care systems, and support economic development, then we must address mental health and mental disorders. Global Mental Health: Principles and Practice provides a roadmap, defining key strategies to address mental disorders in low-income regions. Written by some of our leading experts and advocates, it will be the authoritative reference on important topics in global mental health.
Strategies exist to close the mental health resource gap in low-income regions: both novel platforms and funding mechanisms for the strengthening of health systems have made possible the integration of mental health care services into global health programs. This essential text shows us how to do just that." --Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, Harvard University, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Partners in Health
"Until recent times, mental health was one of the lowest priorities on the global health agenda. Data on the serious disease burden caused by mental illness and the recognition that it is now possible to address mental disorders, even at the community level, has finally given mental health the attention it deserves. As a result, there is now worldwide consensus of the need to provide financial and human resources commensurate with the magnitude and impact of the problem.
Vikram Patel is an indisputable leader in the field and he and his colleague have written the first textbook on global mental health with contributions from those who have been pioneers and important contributors in treatment and prevention, policy, and program implementation. The textbook covers a wide range of topics of importance and relevance to the mental health researcher and practitioner and is a must read for all those working or interested in entering this challenging field." --Michael Merson, MD, Director, Duke Global Health Institute, Wolfgang Joklik Professor of Global Health
"Offering both the breadth inherent to this topic and an astounding amount of depth, Global Mental Health: Principles and Practices stands as an important and enlightening contribution to our field. Dr. Patel has constructed a cohort of over fifty leaders, experts, and innovators in their distinct areas of mental health from across the globe to produce this seminal work. Global Mental Health not only provides an amazingly detailed look at the current state of mental health on a global scale but also outlines pioneering solutions for many of the shortcomings it identifies. This work will serve as a comprehensive analysis of the myriad of multifaceted issues involved in the complex arena of global mental health." --Thomas H. Bornemann, EdD, Director, Mental Health Program, The Carter Center