Mental Health Systems Around the World

Shekhar Saxena, Judith K. Bass, Anita Everett, William W. Eaton, Atieh Novin

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This chapter gives an overview of the wide range in capacity and availability of mental health services around the globe. The first section discusses the concepts, definitions, measurement instruments, and sources of data bearing on global mental health and mental illness. That information provides background for the balance of the discussion by exposing the dearth of system-level instruments and readily comparable global data to help guide international public mental health policy. This is followed by an exploration of selected data on mental health systems around the world. Finally, the chapter presents a brief summary of mental health-related activities by leading international agencies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPublic Mental Health
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199950416
ISBN (Print)9780195390445
StatePublished - Sep 20 2012


  • Mental health policy
  • Mental health services
  • Mental illness
  • Public health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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