Mental Health in Public Health

ISBN : 9780199735945

Linda Cottler
366 Pages
163 x 236 mm
Pub date
Jul 2011
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In the past century there has been awareness of the importance of a global public health perspective in understanding the etiology, course and treatment of mental disorders. However, just recently there has been a focus on population science and with it an evidence-based call to improving public mental health in communities. Mental Health in Public Health synthesizes important topics in public health psychiatry that were discussed at the American Psychopathological Association (APPA) meeting in 2010. The book, like the APPA meeting, aims to bring advanced knowledge of the social and environmental risk factors for psychiatric disorders, as well as ideas for preventing them. Chapters are written by experts from around the world and include such public health concerns as Veteran's mental health, mental health disparities among minorities, causes of addictions, and mortality of these disorders.


Mental Health Disparities: Populations at Risk
1.) Closing the Treatment Gap: A Global Health Perspective
Vikram Patel, Mirja Koschorke and Martin Prince
2.) Addressing Addiction and High Risk Behaviors Using the Integrated Public Health and Public Safety Approach
Wilson M. Compton and Redonna K. Chandler
3.) Mental Health Disparities among Latinos, the Fastest Growing Population in the US
Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola and Linda Ziegahn
4.) Global Initiatives for HIV/AIDS and Programs Promoting Global Access to Mental Health Care: Putting Mental Health into Public Health
Francine Cournos, Karen McKinnon and Milton Wainberg
Conditional Disorders and the Public's Mental Health
5.) Veterans' Mental Health: The Effects of War
Michael J. Lyons, Margo Genderson and Michael D. Grant
6.) Assessing the Link Between Disaster Exposure and Mental Illness
Carol S. North
7.) Addiction to Drugs, Food, Gambling, Sex, and Technology: Shared Causal Mechanisms?
Mark S. Gold, Lisa J. Merlo, Adrie W. Bruijnzeel, Anna Roytberg and Michael Herkov
The Public's Mental Health from Youth to Older Age: Changing Landscapes or Stable Patterns?
8.) Personality Pathology, Health, and Social Adjustment in Later Life
Thomas F. Oltmanns and Marci E.J. Gleason
9.) Mortality from Common Mental Disorders and Medical Conditions
William W. Eaton, Martha Bruce, Alden L. Gross, O. Joseph Bienvenu, Rosa Crum and Linda B. Cottler
10.) Child Mental Health: Status of the Promise, the Reality, and the Future of Prevention
John N. Constantino
Issues that Shape the Debate about Public Mental Health
11.) Stigma of Mental Illness: A Global View
Norman Sartorius
12.) The Social Determinants of Mental Health
Sandro Galea and Maria Steenland
13.) HealthStreet: A Community Based Approach to Include Mental Health in Public Health Research
Linda B. Cottler, Catina Callahan O'Leary, Catherine W. Striley
14.) Presidential Perspectives
Alfred M. Freedman, Max Fink, Donald F. Klein, Murray Alpert, James E. Barrett, David L. Dunner, Katherine A. Halmi, Elliot S. Gershon, C. Robert Cloninger, Bruce P. Dohrenwend, David S. Janowsky, Ellen Frank, Judith L. Rapoport, Myrna M. Weissman, John E. Helzer, Charles F. Zorumski, William W. Eaton, Ming T. Tsuang, J. Raymond DePaulo, Jr, James J. Hudziak, Patrick E. Shrout, Darrel A. Regier, Linda B. Cottler

About the author: 

Linda B.Cottler, PhD, MPH, is Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO. She is Director of the EPRG, the Master of Psychiatric Epidemiology (MPE) program as well as the WU CTSA Center for Community Based Research., which is home to HealthStreet. Dr. Cottler has appointments in Occupational Therapy and Anthropology at Washington University and in Psychiatry at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

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