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Special Issue "The Development of Implementation Strategies to Reduce Mental Health Inequalities"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Mental Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 March 2023) | Viewed by 8959
Special Issue Editor
Interests: inequities in access to mental health and substance use services; Indigenous health; women and violence; interpersonal and structural violence; critical theoretical perspectives; including exploration and application of the concepts of cultural safety, trauma- and violence- informed care, relational practice, and intersectionality in nursing and health care more broadly
Special Issue Information
The reduction of health inequalities, described as unfair and avoidable differences in health among people or society, is a key issue on the global health agenda (WHO, 2021). In terms of mental health, globally 450 million people live with mental health issues, while more than 700,000 people have a mental health ailment. COVID-19 has shone a light on pre-pandemic mental health inequalities and associated social and structural inequities. For example, during the pandemic, the meaning of physical space, place and home has taken on particular significance in the context of physical distancing and the push to create and maintain safe spaces for persons living with mental illness, poverty, homelessness and/or violence. In addition, as noted by Sukhera (2020), “structural stigma against mental illness is ‘baked in’ to our health system…” often with dire consequences for those accessing services. Around the world, many people with mental illness continue to be victimized because of their illness and become the targets of unfair discrimination. Solutions to these intersecting health and social ‘wicked problems’ is at the heart of a health equity agenda and require approaches that fit for persons with lived experience. The implementation of [mental] health policies and programs is intended to improve the health/well-being of persons living with mental illness and the mental health of society at large, i.e., there is the potential to reduce mental health inequalities.
This Special Issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) focuses on the sharing of knowledge regarding the development of implementation of strategies to reduce mental health inequalities. New research papers, reviews, case reports and conference papers are welcome for this issue. Other manuscript types accepted include methodological papers, position papers, brief reports, and commentaries.
Dr. Victoria L. Smye
Manuscript Submission Information
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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2500 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- mental health inequalities
- social and structural inequities
- violence, poverty and homelessness
- stigma and discrimination
- implementation strategies
- persons with lived experience