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Systematic Approaches to Mental Health Care and Promotion

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Globally, mental health problems remain as one of the largest contributors to the population burden of diseases. According to WHO, common mental disorders, including depression and anxiety, affect the health of about 9% of the world's population and account for over 10% of the total years lived with ...

Globally, mental health problems remain as one of the largest contributors to the population burden of diseases. According to WHO, common mental disorders, including depression and anxiety, affect the health of about 9% of the world's population and account for over 10% of the total years lived with disability.

In many parts of the world, the number of people with mental health disorders has been increasing, fueled by a rapid population growth and aging, as well as urbanization and immigration. It is estimated that 80% of these non-fatal diseases occurred in low and middle income countries. However, in such settings, coverage of both preventive and curative services is still very limited. Diversity in socio-cultural backgrounds and limited capacity of local health care systems are emphasizing the importance of systematic approaches to understanding and intervening in the issue.

Although the social, economic and health burden of mental health issues are substantial, effectiveness of policies and interventions is varied across regions and largely driven by contextual factors. Evidence-based prevention and treatment approaches involve the synthesis of epidemiological surveys, assessment of clinical populations (e.g chronic medical diseases, chronic psychiatric illnesses) and studies exploring the role of biological markers in psychiatric illnesses.

This Research Topic aims to introduce latest research findings on the application of system-thinking in Mental Health Care and Promotion. This Topic is open to any subject area related to mental health with focus on the translation and contextualization of existing evidence into specific settings and patients groups. We welcome papers that report research findings including but are not limited to the following:

1. Monitoring, evaluation and surveillance of mental health status and quality-of-life.
2. Systematic approaches to preventing mental health disorders; including socio- culture- and religion-specific interventions.
3. Innovative and sustainable services for diagnosing, treating and rehabilitating mental health disorders.
4.Community-, workplace-, and home-based interventions in mental health care and promotion.
5. Evidence-based mental health management and treatment outcomes.
6. Implementation sciences and mental health policy development.


Keywords: Mental health, behavioral disorders, quality of life, community intervention, healthcare services


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