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Mental Health Primary Care

Mental Health Primary Care

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This report on integrating mental health into primary care, which was developed jointly
by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organization of Family Doctors
(Wonca), presents the justification and advantages of providing mental health services in primary
care. At the same time, it provides advice on how to implement and scale-up primary
care for mental health, and describes how a range of health systems have successfully undertaken
this transformation.
Mental disorders affect hundreds of millions of people and, if left untreated, create an enormous
toll of suffering, disability and economic loss. Yet despite the potential to successfully
treat mental disorders, only a small minority of those in need receive even the most basic treatment.
Integrating mental health services into primary care is the most viable way of closing the
treatment gap and ensuring that people get the mental health care they need. Primary care for
mental health is affordable, and investments can bring important benefits.
This report on integrating mental health into primary care, which was developed jointly
by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organization of Family Doctors
(Wonca), presents the justification and advantages of providing mental health services in primary
care. At the same time, it provides advice on how to implement and scale-up primary
care for mental health, and describes how a range of health systems have successfully undertaken
this transformation.
Mental disorders affect hundreds of millions of people and, if left untreated, create an enormous
toll of suffering, disability and economic loss. Yet despite the potential to successfully
treat mental disorders, only a small minority of those in need receive even the most basic treatment.
Integrating mental health services into primary care is the most viable way of closing the
treatment gap and ensuring that people get the mental health care they need. Primary care for
mental health is affordable, and investments can bring important benefits.

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Integratingmental healthinto primary care
 A global perspective
 
Integrating mental healthinto primary care
 A global perspective
echnical inormation concerning this publication can be obtained rom:
WHO
 
Dr Michelle FunkDepartment of Mental Health and Substance AbuseWorld Health Organization20 Avenue AppiaCH-1211 Geneva 27Switzerlandel: +41 22 791 3855Fax: +41 22 791 4160e-mail: funkm@who.int
Wonca
Dr Gabriel IvbijaroWonca Working Party on Mental HealthTe Wood Street Health Centre6 Linford Road, WalthamstowLondon E17 3LAUnited Kingdomel: +44 208 430 7712Fax: +44 208 430 7711e-mail: gabriel.ivbijaro@gmail.com

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