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Mental Health Policy Development and Implementation 

Mental Health Policy Development and Implementation
Mental Health Policy Development and Implementation

Crick Lund

, José Miguel

, Caldas de Almeida

, Harvey Whiteford

, and John Mahoney

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date: 23 June 2021

For those who are interested in promoting the mental health of populations and preventing or treating mental illness, policy is essential. A well-formulated mental health policy and implementation plan provide a road map for how governments and a range of stakeholders intend to address mental health within a given population over a specified time period.This chapter traces the process of policy development and implementation in global mental health. The chapter outlines some of the principles of policy development, some key ingredients that should be covered in the content of policies, some common challenges in implementing such policies, and ways of building capacity for sustainable mental health policy development and implementation. Examples are provided from a range of countries to illustrate key points throughout the chapter.

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