Promoting mental health demands actions that improve resilience in individuals, families and communities, and ensure health enhancing policy and legislative frameworks. These actions are at the heart of human development and can assist in improving social and economic prospects for people in low-to middle income countries.
The book provides a conceptual and theoretical base for the application of mental health promotion and prevention of mental disorders in low-resource settings - offering examples of evidence-based programmes across the lifespan.
With contributions from a range of experts, this is a key text for students and practitioners, as well as for policy-makers and planners, in mental and public health.
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Part I The imperative for and emerging practice of mental health promotion and prevention in low resourced contexts
1. At the heart of development: An introduction to mental health promotion and prevention for poorly resourced countries
2. Theoretical considerations: From understanding to interventions
Inge Petersen and Kay Govender
3. Contextual issues in mental health promotion and prevention
4. Evaluating interventions
Arvin Bhana and Advaita Govender
5. From science to service
Part II Mental health promotion and prevention across the lifespan
6. Early childhood (birth6 years)
Linda Richter, Andrew Dawes and Julia de Kadt
7. Middle childhood and pre-adolescence (711 years)
8. Adolescence (1219 years)
Alan J Flisher and Ank Gevers
Leslie Swartz and Helen Herrman
10 Old age
11. Afterword: Cross-cutting issues central to human and economic development in low resourced contexts
Inge Petersen, Alan J Flisher and Arvin Bhana