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Psychological intervention as a measure for promoting public mental health: Is it a white elephant? 

Psychological intervention as a measure for promoting public mental health: Is it a white elephant?
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Psychological intervention as a measure for promoting public mental health: Is it a white elephant?
Author(s):

Roger M. K. Ng

, and Che Kin Lee

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198792994.003.0046
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date: 24 October 2020

The chapter reviews the evidence base of brief psychological interventions for the treatment of common mental disorders and substance misuse delivered by primary care sector and lay health counsellors. The efficacy and acceptability of different modalities of delivery of such brief psychological interventions are also examined. The chapter also reviews the controversy of psychological interventions for primary prevention of common mental disorders and substance misuse when applied universally. Finally, the chapter examines the efficacy and acceptability of brief psychological interventions to target people with subclinical symptoms and specific population groups vulnerable to developing mental disorders. The chapter concludes with suggestions on the future direction of the content and mode of delivery of psychological interventions so as to enhance their accessibility and acceptability by potential users.

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