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Interventions for Mental Disorders 

Interventions for Mental Disorders
Interventions for Mental Disorders

Charlotte Hanlon

, Abebaw Fekadu

, and Vikram Patel

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date: 23 June 2021

The global evidence base for interventions to alleviate mental, neurological and substance use (MNS) disorders is increasingly robust. In this chapter we review the principles of effectiveness, feasibility, equity, acceptability and affordability that should underpin any intervention for MNS disorders and argue for an evidence-based approach. The recent World Health Organization’s mental health Gap Action Programme Intervention Guidelines are considered in depth, both with respect to the process of guideline development and the nature of the evidence-based recommendations. Future directions are outlined, including the need to develop more effective interventions that are contextually appropriate, and focusing on how to implement packages of interventions in practice.

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