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Scaling Up Services for Mental Health 

Scaling Up Services for Mental Health
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Scaling Up Services for Mental Health
Author(s):

Julian Eaton

, Mary De Silva

, Graciela Rojas

, and Vikram Patel

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199920181.003.0014
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date: 18 October 2019

There has been a significant increase in knowledge and evidence-base around treatment for mental disorders, as well as an increasingly recognised moral imperative to address inequity in access to care. This chapter explores the translation of evidence about treatment packages into practical systems that allow them to be made available in a sustainable way, including in low-income countries. We consider the global mental health treatment gap, historical barriers to scaling up services, and the evidence that has emerged for ways to address these barriers. Practical issues are emphasised through guidance on processes for scaling up as well as several case studies showing examples of good practice.

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