[A] masterful volume that will do much to advance understanding of mental health as an essential public health challenge. -Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare THE GROUNDBREAKING TEXTBOOK IN POPULATION-LEVEL MENTAL HEALTH, NOW FULLY REVISED AND UPDATED Public Mental Health equips a new generation of public health students, researchers and practitioners with the most innovative social. biological, and behavioral science approaches to mental health challenges at the population level. Incorporating insights from multiple health and science disciplines, this new edition introduces novel concepts and methodologies for understanding the occurrence of mental disorders in populations worldwide. Reflecting the disciplinary diversity and expertise of an internationally-recognized roster of contributors, its nineteen chapters include coverage of such essential topics as: * estimates of global prevalence based on new data from the Global Burden of Disease Study * the complex way in which genes, other biological factors, and life stresses increase risk * mental health disparities among population subgroups * population-level mental health consequences of violence and natural disasters * the logic and practice of prevention of mental and behavioral disorders With a perspective that will resonate from the lab to the legislature floor, Public Mental Health offers a much-need core text for students, researchers, and practitioners.
The strengths of this text are extensive. The book never loses sight of prevention as the ultimate goal in public health and as the ideal future for the field. The cultural aspects that are so often neglected in the literature are comprehensively discussed in an opening chapter and referenced throughout. The epidemiologic models that frame each chapter are at the forefront of current research, particularly the use of the life?course approach. Finally, the sections and chapters are well coordinated, with little overlap or redundancy. * American Journal of Epidemiology * In this short review, I can only briefly communicate the content of the many excellent chapters by choosing some examples to convey the scope of this volume... The authors deserve our appreciation for a masterful volume that will do much to advance understanding of mental health as an essential public health challenge. * Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare *