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Mental Health and the Global Health and Development Agendas 

Mental Health and the Global Health and Development Agendas
Mental Health and the Global Health and Development Agendas

Martin J. Prince

, Atif Rahman

, Rosie Mayston

, and Benedict Weobong

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date: 23 June 2021

This chapter reviews evidence to support arguments in favor of increased investment in mental health and for greater integration of mental health awareness, knowledge, and skills into health policymaking and practice. Mental disorders make an important independent contribution to the overall burden of disease in all world regions, and they are risk factors for the development of communicable and no-communicable diseases, and a contributory factor to accidental and non-accidental injuries. Mental health is too often either ignored or underemphasized in pro-development agendas. Poverty and social disadvantage are prominent among both the determinants and consequences of mental disorder and, by extension, interventions that promote better mental health and reduce the duration of illness episodes may help prevent and alleviate poverty. Mental health awareness needs to be incorporated into health and social policy, health system planning, and health care delivery.

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