Mental illness causes a substantial health burden in all regions of the world, and is a major contributor to world poverty.
Developing a National Mental Health Policy is designed to support those involved in developing locally appropriate mental health policies, emphasising the crucial role of primary care, NGOs, the social sector, schools and workplaces, and the criminal justice system as well as the specialist mental health services.
The book addresses the principles of human rights, mental health legislation, mental health information systems, human resources, accountability and financing as well as key cultural issues. It gives a comprehensive and up to date account of the task of tailoring mental health services to the needs of countries in the post-institutional era.

chapter 3|18 pages

Developing the overall strategy

chapter 5|6 pages

Mental health information systems

chapter 6|16 pages

Mental health promotion

chapter 9|8 pages

Inter-agency working

chapter 10|8 pages

Tackling the mortality of mental illness

chapter 11|6 pages

Investing for the future

chapter 12|8 pages

Some special priorities

chapter 13|10 pages

Traditional and religious healers