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William W. Eaton

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195390445

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390445.001.0001

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Progress Made, but Much More to Be Done

Progress Made, but Much More to Be Done

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Public Mental Health

Philip J. Leaf

Laysha Ostrow

Ronald W. Manderscheid

David L. Shern

William W. Eaton

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an overview of what can be done in the future to address the prevention and control of mental and behavioral disorders. It begins with a description of what has come before, examining progress and pitfalls. This is followed by a discussion of the evolution needed to bring about Winslow's vision of mental health care as an integral part of the public health. It examines the growing role of such factors as the social determinants of health; attention to the full spectrum of mental health and illness from prevention through recovery across the life span; the importance of resilience in preventing behavioral problems; the still evolving key role of consumers in treatment and recovery; and the policy changes needed to embrace mental health as an intrinsic part of the public health.

Keywords:   mental disorders, prevention, public health, social determinants, resilience, treatment

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