World Mental Health Day 2020: Making Mental Health A Reality For All

Elsevier, 25th September 2020

World Mental Health Day, a programme of the World Federation for Mental Health, has been observed on October 10th since 1992

The world is experiencing the unprecedented impact of the current global health emergency due to COVID-19 that has also impacted on the mental health of millions of people. We know that the levels of anxiety, fear, isolation, social distancing and restrictions, uncertainty and emotional distress experienced have become widespread as the world struggles to bring the virus under control and to find solutions. The current worldwide pandemic arose against an already dire mental health landscape that saw mental health conditions on the rise across the globe.

About 450 million people live with mental disorders that are among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide (WHO’s World Health Report, 2001). One person in every four will be affected by a mental disorder at some stage of their lives while mental, neurological and substance use disorders exact a high toll on health outcomes, accounting for 13% of the total global burden of disease (WHO, 2012). The World Health Organization (2018) states that every 40 seconds someone dies by suicide. Annually, this represents over 800 000 people that die by suicide, which is more than people dying by war and homicide put together.

Mental health is a human right and it is time that mental health is available for all. Quality, accessible primary health care is the foundation for universal health coverage and is urgently required as the world grapples with the current health emergency.

To mark World Mental Health Day 2020, Elsevier presents a curated, open access collection of 25 journal articles and book chapters focused on making mental health a reality for everyone, everywhere. The time for action is now.

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Psychiatry Research, Volume 291, September 2020, 113256

This article addresses Goal 3 by exploring the use of telehealth to conduct forensic evaluations for asylum seekers.
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Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Volume 214, 1 September 2020, 108174

This article addresses Goal 3 by examining the use of pharmacotherapy for alcohol use disorder.
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Journal of Psychosomatic Research, Volume 136, September 2020, 110173

This article addresses Goal 3 by exploring the use of an internet-delivered program to improve mental health and functional outcomes for neurological disorders.
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Journal of Affective Disorders, Volume 234, July 2018, Pages 80-88

This article addresses Goal 3 by analysing access to treatment for depression across countries.
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Asian Journal of Psychiatry, Volume 22, August 2016, Pages 190-195

This article addresses SDGs 3 and 10 by introducing a framework to increase access to Cognitive Behavior Therapy in low and middle income countries.
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Asian Journal of Psychiatry, Volume 51, June 2020, 102128

This article addresses Goal 3 by discussing the mental health challenges faced by low and middle income countries during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Psychiatry Research, Volume 272, February 2019, Pages 618-627

This article addresses SDGs 3 and 10 by exploring the distribution of ethnicity among services users at ultra high risk for psychosis (UHR) and examines the influence of ethnicity on service access, treatment uptake and incidence of psychosis.
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The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, Volume 28, Issue 10, October 2020, Pages 1030-1039

This article addresses Goal 3 by examining the psychological distress and the associated predictor factors of the 2019 COVID-19 pandemic on survivors in the early convalescence in Shenzhen.
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Psychosomatics, Available online 22 May 2020, in press

This article addresses Goal 3 by discussing the psychological influence of COVID-19 on the general public and patients with mental disorders.
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Psychosomatics, Available online 23 June 2020, in press

This article addresses Goal 3 by discussing video conference support groups for frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.