This text sets out to monitor and analyse what supra–national and national policies have been and are being implemented, and to indicate what general themes and contradictions exist in the delivery of these policies. The implications from this review are then applied to professional practice – in particular that of the psychiatric disciplines (psychiatry and mental health nursing).
A series of case studies from across the world is presented. Each is written by a pre–eminent scholar in the field of mental health policy within a selected country. The case studies have been chosen on the basis of their geographical location to ensure that there is a spread of exemplars from across the world and/or because of a unique approach to managing the mentally disordered.
Chapter 1 UK mental health policy: Chaos and control.
Chapter 2 US mental health policy: Progress and continuing problems.
Chapter 3 Human rights, citizenships and mental health reform in Australia.
Chapter 4 Italy: Radical reform of mental health policy and its consequences.
Chapter 5 Egypt: 5000 years of science and care for mental patients.
Chapter 6 India: Towards community mental health care.
Chapter 7 Mental health policy in Brazil: From dictatorship to democracy.
Chapter 8 Russia: Mental health reform in the post–Soviet period.
Chapter 9 Mental health policy in China: The persecution of Falun Gong.
Chapter 10 Metnal health in a post–war society: A history of neglect and denial of medical pluralism in Mozambique.
Chapter 11 Conclusion.