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PUBLIC HEALTH RESOURCES

The pages in this section offer links to organizations broadly recognized for the quality of their work on specifc public health issues. Those with a more general focus are listed on the Reference, Research and Advocacy Materials page.

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Mental health

WHO mental health resources include pages for Evidence and research, Policy and services, Advocacy, Neurology and public health, Disorders management, Suicide prevention and special programmes, Mental health in emergencies, and a library of Mental health publications.
WHO also has resources dedicated to management of substance abuse, which include terminology & classification; facts & figures; descriptions of WHO activities, publications, and research tools; and links.
WHO offers data and advocacy information under their Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP), which identifies key strategies to scale up care for mental, neurological, and substance use disorders in “resource-constrained settings.” Their recommendations report is posted online in French, Spanish and English.

The WHO Global Atlas Project includes mental health issues: Project Atlas – Resources for Mental Health and Neurological Disorders. The project collects, compiles and disseminates data on the world’s resources “necessary to provide services and care for people with mental, behavioural and neurological diseases/disorders.” The resources tracked include “policies, programmes, financing, services, professionals, treatment and medicines, information systems and related organizations.” It does not have data on diagnosis or prevalence. The site offers both data queries and interactive, customizable maps, but the links are quirky, so if you have trouble getting them to work, try typing the name of the project into a search engine, and if needed, use the cached data.

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine houses the collaborative Center for Global Mental Health, and their website offers these comments: “The vast majority of the hundreds of millions of people with mental, neurological and substance use disorders in the world do not have even their basic health care needs met. Most of these people live in low and middle income countries. Global mental health is the discipline concerned with addressing this public health crisis.” Along with course offerings, their website lists their research areas and the papers produced out of these efforts

The U.S. National Institute of Mental Health’s Science News section offers summary reports of research findings. They also house an Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health (ORDGMH).

MIWatch.org gathers news for “everybody affected by a mental illness or an ongoing psychiatric disorder.” Their home page offers an index of keywords, allowing visitors to “browse by topic.”

Among the activities of the advocacy group Movement for Global Mental Health is promoting the human rights of the mentally ill and working to develop standards of care. Their website holds a directory of their members’ research and evaluation projects.

Free registration gains you access to the resources and accounts of the Society for Emotional Well-being Worldwide (SEWW), whose goal is to bring “the global mental health community together.”

The World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) is a member organization with the motto of “making mental health a global priority.” Their website has considerable resources on global mental health program initiatives and research.

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