Journal article

Why focus on mental health systems?

Harry Minas, Alex Cohen

Int J Ment Health Syst | Published : 2007


The global situation for people with mental illness - in developing and developed countries - is dire. Legislative and human rights protections are frequently lacking. Mental health budgets are inadequate. There are insufficient numbers of skilled policy makers, managers and clinicians. Communities are poorly informed about mental health and illness and not well organised for purposes of advocacy. In most of the world, mental health services are inaccessible or of poor quality. Most people who would benefit from psychiatric treatment and rehabilitation do not have affordable access to such services. Leadership - at all levels - for mental health system development needs to be greatly strengt..

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