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Global Mental Health: Services and Access to Care

  • Priya Ranjan Avinash
  • Venu Gopal Jhanwar
  • Rupali Rohatgi
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Part of the SpringerBriefs in Psychology book series (BRIEFSPSYCHOL)

Abstract

Mental health problems are a leading cause of morbidity globally. There is lack of adequate mental health services both in western as well as the developing world. More than sheer lack, it is the various barriers to services and its access that further affects mental health care globally. These barriers are specific, to lifespan, gender, cultural and ethnic diversities. Based on these barriers, health care services need to be tailor-made keeping in mind the specific needs of the groups they target. In the developing world, there are huge scarcity of mental health facilities, which requires infrastructural and policy level remediation. Integrating primary health care services to mental health care is one of the most effective measures. Other measures include awareness broadcasting, which leads to reduction in stigma and acceptance of the illness as well as the ill.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Priya Ranjan Avinash
    • 1
  • Venu Gopal Jhanwar
    • 2
  • Rupali Rohatgi
    • 1
  1. 1.Himalayan Institute of Medical SciencesDehradunIndia
  2. 2.Deva Institute of Healthcare and ResearchVaranasiIndia

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