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Non-governmental organizations and mental health 

Non-governmental organizations and mental health
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Non-governmental organizations and mental health
Author(s):

Marguerite Regan

, Jenny Edwards

, and Iris Elliott

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198792994.003.0051
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date: 24 November 2020

This chapter examines to contribution of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to meeting the mental health needs of individuals, families, and communities. After providing an overview of the history of mental health NGOs, and the current policy frameworks within which they work, it then examines the scope of mental health NGOs, and maps the main international networks and within the UK context. It examines the contribution of NGOs, the key challenges they face working within mental health, and concludes with the steps NGOs can take when striving for parity for mental health. It includes examples of international mental health NGOs throughout.

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