21 May 2007

Call for papers: Mental Health and Development

Call for papers: Mental Health and Development

A special issue of World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development

According to the Global Burden of Disease estimates, 25% of the world’s population suffer from mental or behavioural disorders at some stage during their lives. Mental and neurological disorders account for 12.3% of the total Disability Adjusted Life Years and for 30.8% of Years Lived with a Disability. The social and economic costs are high. The various dimensions of poverty – lack of income, ill health, poor nutrition and poor education – are both causes of and results of mental disorders.

Despite this, mental health issues are largely absent from the development debate. Good mental health is not a Millennium Development Goal, and it is rarely mentioned in the World Bank’s Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers which outline poor countries policies and priorities. At country level, only 62.1% of the world’s countries have a mental health policy. 62% of low income countries spend less than 1% of their health budgets on mental health. National mental health programs, disability benefits, substance abuse policies and specified budgets for mental health are often absent. Furthermore, research into mental health issues in developing countries is limited – a limitation that this special issue seeks to address.

This special issue encourages a variety of views from a variety of disciplines. Thus, its coverage includes, but is not limited to, the following subjects

  • Poverty and mental disorders
  • Policy issues
  • Rights issues
  • Advocacy
  • Stigma and discrimination
  • Economics issues
  • Case studies
  • Epidemiological studies
  • Mental disorders and the environment
  • Traditional practices

Important Date
Submissions should be sent no later than : 28 September 2007

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