Journal article

Empowerment of women and mental health promotion: a qualitative study in rural Maharashtra, India

Michelle Kermode, Helen Herrman, Rajanikant Arole, Joshua White, Ramaswamy Premkumar, Vikram Patel

BMC PUBLIC HEALTH | BMC | Published : 2007

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The global burden of mental illness is high and opportunities for promoting mental health are neglected in most parts of the world. Many people affected by mental illness live in developing countries, where treatment and care options are limited. In this context, primary health care (PHC) programs can indirectly promote mental health by addressing its determinants i.e. by enhancing social unity, minimising discrimination and generating income opportunities. The objectives of this study were to: 1. Describe concepts of mental health and beliefs about determinants of mental health and illness among women involved with a PHC project in rural Maharashtra, India; 2. Identify perceived..

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