Global mental health from a policy perspective: a context analysis

Characterising mental health and recommending engagement strategies for the Mental Health Innovation Network

by Jessica Mackenzie
Overseas Development Institute (ODI), November 2014

44 pp. 971 kB

Mental health is a critically important issue in global health today, and yet does not receive due policy attention. Mental illness will likely affect one in four people within their lifetime and neuropsychiatric conditions now account for 13% of the global burden of disease – with 70% of that burden in low- and middle-income countries. Despite this, mental health has not yet achieved the policy influence that would be proportionate to its burden. This report applies several theoretical approaches to analyse mental health as a policy issue and the particular challenges it faces.

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