Global mental health: Global strengths and strategies. Task-shifting in a shifting health economy

Melvin G. McInnis, Sofia D. Merajver

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Abstract

Global mental health challenges sit at the frontiers of health care worldwide. The frequency of mental health disorders is increasing, and represents a large portion of the global burden of human disease (DALYs). There are many impeding forces in delivering mental health care globally. The knowledge of what mental health and its diseased states are limits the ability to seek appropriate care. Limited training and experience among primary providers dilutes the capacity of systems for adequate care, support, and intervention. There are limited numbers of medical personnel worldwide to attend to individuals afflicted by mental health disorders. The challenges of global mental health are the capacity of the global systems to enhance knowledge and literacy surrounding mental health disorders, enhance and expand ways of identifying and treating mental health disorders effectively at an early stage in its course. Much has been written about the epidemiology of mental health disorders globally followed by discussions of the need for improvements in programs that will improve the lot of the mentally ill. Task shifting involves the engaging of human resources, generally nonprofessional, in the care of mental health disorders. Engaging traditional healers and community health workers in the identification and management of mental health disorders is a very strong potential opportunity for task shifting care in mental health. In doing so it will be necessary to study the concept of mental health literacy of traditional healers and health workers in a process of mutual alignment of purpose founded on evidence based research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-171
Number of pages7
JournalAsian Journal of Psychiatry
Volume4
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Global mental health
  • Mental health literacy
  • Task shifting
  • Traditional healers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Psychology(all)

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Global mental health : Global strengths and strategies. Task-shifting in a shifting health economy. / McInnis, Melvin G.; Merajver, Sofia D.

In: Asian Journal of Psychiatry, Vol. 4, No. 3, 09.2011, p. 165-171.

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McInnis, Melvin G. ; Merajver, Sofia D. / Global mental health : Global strengths and strategies. Task-shifting in a shifting health economy. In: Asian Journal of Psychiatry. 2011 ; Vol. 4, No. 3. pp. 165-171.
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