Special Issue "Mental Health Care"


A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2014

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Luis Salvador-Carulla
Centre for Disability Research and Policy Faculty of Health Sciences The University of Sydney 75 East Street, Lidcombe, NSW 2141, Australia
Website: http://sydney.edu.au/health-sciences/about/people/profiles/luis.salvador-carulla.php
E-Mail: luis.salvador-carulla@sydney.edu.au
Phone: +61 2 9351 9231
Fax: +61 2 9351 9566

Guest Editor
Prof. Alan Rosen
Brain and Mind Research Institute Sydney Medical School The University of Sydney PO Box 110 Balmain 2041, Australia
Website: http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/people/academics/profiles/alanrosen.php
E-Mail: alanrosen@med.usyd.edu.au

Guest Editor
Dr. Ana Fernandez Sanchez
Postdoctoral Research Associate Centre for Disability Research and Policy Faculty of Health Sciences T313 Cumberland Campus The University of Sydney 75 East Street, Lidcombe, NSW 2141, Australia
E-Mail: ana.fernandez@sydney.edu.au
Phone: +61 2 9351 9428
Fax: +61 2 9351 9566|
Interests: prevention of mental disorders and promotion of mental health; mental health economics; knowledge transfer; development of support decision systems in mental health

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The WHO Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020 acknowledges that the global burden and costs  of mental disorders continues to grow and calls for a comprehensive, coordinated response from health and social sectors in all countries that address the promotion of mental health, prevention of mental disorders, early identification, care, support, treatment and recovery of persons with mental disorders. The Mental Health Atlas 2011 provided data on the gap between the need for treatment and its provision around the world. The percentage of people with severe mental illness who do not receive treatment ranged between 35-50% in high income countries and 76-85% in the rest of the world. On the other hand the progressive shift of health care to chronic care models, and community care systems has moved mental health from the margins of healthcare to become a paradigm of complex integrated care in the XXIst Century.

In the 1960’s and 1970’s mental health heralded community care, case management and coordination of social and medical care but these advances and their challenges  never reached general healthcare and where re-discovered decades later in other areas of medicine.  The new advances in the design, implementation,  analysis  and planning of mental health services and mental health systems which are taking  place around the world may have a major impact in transforming our understanding of health care provision.  Relevant contributors to this change include the new models of community care, the recovery movement and peer-support services, the introduction of individual budgets, person-centered health, patient reported outcomes and early intervention as well as the development of new indicator sets, assessment tools, and techniques of analysis. In this context mental health care is again at the cross-road debating between integration in the main stream of health care or following its own pace.

This special issue has a focus on the mental health gap and its consequences, the  recent advances in mental health care research and implementation, and their impact in other areas of health.  Papers addressing any issues relevant to novel services, programmes, planning,  policies and care models are invited and especially those addressing strategies to assess and monitor mental health systems in the context of person-centered integrated care and complexity and on the knowledge transfer between mental health and other areas of health and social care.

Prof. Dr. Luis Salvador-Carulla
Prof. Dr. Alan Rosen
Dr. Ana Fernandez
Guest Editors


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  • new models in mental health care
  • mental health indicators
  • mental health services
  • mental health systems
  • mental health economics and financing
  • mental health policy
  • mental health care gap and needs
  • balance of care
  • community mental healthcare
  • psychiatric rehabilitation and disability
  • person-centered integrated care in MH
  • recovery and mental health support
  • shared contracts and empowerment
  • early intervention in MH trauma informed care
  • primary mental health care
  • bridging and knowledge transfer between mental health and other fields

Published Papers (2 papers)

Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(4), 3540-3552; doi:10.3390/ijerph110403540
Received: 17 December 2013; in revised form: 8 January 2014 / Accepted: 24 January 2014 / Published: 27 March 2014
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(3), 2804-2817; doi:10.3390/ijerph110302804
Received: 21 January 2014; in revised form: 20 February 2014 / Accepted: 25 February 2014 / Published: 7 March 2014
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Last update: 7 March 2014

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