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21st Century Global Mental Health

Author(s): Dr Eliot Sorel, Professor, George Washington University, Washington D.C.
  • ISBN-13: 9781449627874
  • Paperback    400 pages      © 2013
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21st Century Global Mental Health is a welcome addition to the public health literature … it covers the many facets of mental health that should be of interest to an eclectic readership. The arguments are compelling and the material is presented in logical fashion by eminent scholars. I recommend it highly and hope that it achieves the desired effect of raising the profile of mental health higher in the global health discourse of the 21st century.”

—Sir George Alleyne, Chancellor University of the West Indies, Director Emeritus Pan American Health Organization

21st Century Global Mental Health is a textbook for graduate public health students, educators, and practitioners in low-, middle- and high-income countries (LAMIC, HIC). This volume addresses populations’ global mental health, progress made to date and challenges remaining, in context, along with public health and primary care; focuses on the increasing prevalence of mental disorders among NCDs; the fragmentation of health systems; and the pervasive and persistent stigma and discrimination against mental illnesses and against the mentally ill at the highest policy levels affecting access, equity, quality and care outcomes.

The textbook also translates, transmits and presents applications of global mental health knowledge to public health, populations’ health and health systems contexts. It meets the increased interest in global health – mental health included – evidenced by the contemporary generation of graduate public health students entering Schools of Public Health in the US and globally choosing global health tracks, in increasing numbers, as their preferred course of studies.

In five sections, 21st Century Global Mental Health explores:

  • Global Mental Health Epidemiology and Diagnostic Systems
  • The Determinants of Health/Mental Health
  • Populations’ Health/Mental Health
  • Evaluating and strengthening health/mental health systems
  • Human Rights, Stigma, Mental Health Policy and the Media
Preface  1  Preface
  Section  1  Global Mental Health Epidemiology and Diagnostic Systems
    Chapter  1  Global Mental Health Epidemiology By Ronald C. Kessler, PhD, Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, MD, PhD, Jordi Alonso, MD, PhD, Somnath Chatterji, MD, Yanling He, MD, Steve Heeringa, PhD, Sing Lee, MB, BS, FRCPsych, and Johan Ormel, MA, PhD
    Chapter  2  Comparison Between ICD and DSM Diagnostic Systems for Mental Disorders By David Goldberg, DM, MSc, FRCP, FRCPsych
    Chapter  3  New Directions in Diagnosis Research Domain Criteria and Global Mental Health By Bruce N. Cuthbert, PhD, and Thomas R. Insel, MD
  Section  2  Determinants of Health and Mental Health
    Chapter  5  Culture, Biology, and Psychopharmacology By Keh-Ming Lin, MD, MPH, and Wen-Ling Lin, PhD
    Chapter  6  Family, Psychosocial, and Cultural Determinants of Health By Vincenzo Di Nicola, MPhil, MD, PhD, FRCPC, FAPA
  Section  3  Health and Mental Health of Populations
    Chapter  7  Child Mental Health in the 21st Century: Universal Challenges By Myron L. Belfer, MD, MPA
    Chapter  8  Global Disasters, War, Conflict, and Complex Emergencies:Caring for Special Populations By Allen R. Dyer, MD, PhD, and Subhasis Bhadra, MSW, PhD
    Chapter  9  Attending to the Needs of the Severely and Persistently Mentally Ill By Tom K. J. Craig, MBBS, PhD, FRCPsych
    Chapter  10  Mental Health and HIV in Africa By Bibilola Damilola Oladeji, MBBS, MSc, FSACP, and Oye Gureje, MBBS, PhD, DSc, FRCPsych
  Section  4  Evaluating and Strengthening Health and Mental Health Systems
    Chapter  11  Integrating Mental Health into Primary Care:Lessons from the Experience of Chile By Alberto Minoletti, MD, FRCPS, Graciela Rojas, Dr. Med., and Marcela Horvitz-Lennon, MD, MPH
    Chapter  12  Reforming the Mental Health System: The Balanced Care Model of Community-Based Services on the Continuum of Mental Health Care By Michele Tansella, MD, and Graham Thornicroft, MB, BS, MSc, PhD, FRPsych
    Chapter  13  Mental Health System Development: The International Observatory of Mental Health Systems By Harry Minas, MBBS, BMedSc, DPM, FRANZCP
  Section  5  Humans Rights, Stigma, Mental Health Policy, and the Media
    Chapter  14  Stigma, Discrimination, and Human Rights By Julio Arboleda-Flórez, MD, PhD, FRCPC, DABFP, and Heather Stuart, MA, PhD
    Chapter  15  Recent Trends in Mental Health Policy in the United States By Ronald W. Manderscheid, PhD
    Chapter  16  Mental Health Policy and the Media By Rebecca G. Palpant, MS, Jane E. Bigham, MPH, and Thomas H. Bornemann, EdD

Dr Eliot Sorel-Professor, George Washington University, Washington D.C.


Eliot Sorel, M.D., D.L.F.A.P.A., is an internationally recognized medical leader, educator, health systems policy expert and practicing physician. He is co-chairman of the non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and integrated care task force of the World Psychiatric Association and co-chairman of the scientific committee of the WPA 2013 Bucharest Congress on integrating primary care, mental health and public health for Eurasia and Southeast Europe, strengthening health systems, to take place in Bucharest, Romania in April 2013, accessible at Dr. Sorel is the Founder and Chairman of the Career, Leadership and Mentorship Program of the Washington Psychiatric Society. He has professorial appointments in Global Health, Health Services Management and Leadership in the School of Public Health as well as in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Medicine at George Washington University. Dr. Sorel is the Founder of the Conflict Management & Conflict Resolution Section of the World Psychiatric Association and of the World Youth Democracy Forum at the Elliott School of International Affairs of the George Washington University. He is the Senior Adviser to the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Sorel is a former President of the Medical Society of the District of Columbia, the World Association for Social Psychiatry, the Washington Psychiatric Society and has served as a United States National Institutes of Health/Fogarty International Center grants reviewer. He is a Life Member of the American Medical Association, a Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists, and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He did his psychiatric training at Yale University, obtained his B.A. from New York University, and M.D. from the State University of New York. He has developed and led health systems in North America and the Caribbean, has consulted and taught in more than twenty countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Dr. Sorel is the author of more than sixty scientific papers and book chapters and the editor of six books. His most recent scientific paper, The Integration of Psychiatry & Primary Care was published in the International Review of Psychiatry, in February 2011 and his most recent book, The Marshall Plan: Lessons learned for the 21st century was published by OECD in Paris in 2008, is accessible at

In July 2010, Dr. Sorel convened the Black Sea & Caspian Sea Area Studies Network, a Euro-Atlantic, universities partnership that developed the Bucharest Consensus on Higher Education, Innovation & Development. In June 2008, he participated as PAHO/WHO advisor, in the WHO Europe Health & Finance Ministers’ meeting on Health Systems, Health & Wealth in Tallinn, Estonia, that ratified the Tallinn Charter.

In October 2009, Dr. Sorel was awarded the Doctor Honoris Causa by Carol Davila Medical University in Bucharest, Romania. The President of Romania awarded Dr. Sorel the Star of Romania Order of Commander in 2004.


  • “21st Century Global Mental Health is a welcome addition to the public health literature for several reasons. It sets mental health in the context of global health and thus emphasizes the health of the globe-the health of the world’s people. It addresses what is the essential distinguishing feature of concern for global health-inequity. There are few fields of health in which inequity is starker and the call for reducing it more necessary. I am also attracted to the approach to global mental health as a matter of human rights as it cannot be overemphasized that this field points up one of the more egregious manifestations of the denial of basic human rights. The book is well crafted, it covers the many facets of mental health that should be of interest to an eclectic readership, the arguments are compelling and the material presented in logical fashion by eminent scholars. It comes with the imprimatur of an eminent and distinguished global health leader- Dr. Eliot Sorel. I can recommend it highly and hope that it achieves the desired effect of raising the profile of mental health higher in the global health discourse of the 21st century”.

    --Sir George Alleyne
    Chancellor University of the West Indies
    Director Emeritus Pan American Health Organization.

  • “Understanding mental health and its inextricable relationship to overall health from an international perspective is crucial for any serious student of public health.  In this groundbreaking book, Professor Sorel has convened pre-eminent scholars, whose writings provide a solid foundation of knowledge about the ways in which mental disorders contribute to the Global Burden of Disease and Disability and influence populations health and systems.
    A major contribution of 21st Century Global Mental Health to the public health literature is its focus and elaboration on the impact of social conditions and physical environments on mental health.  This volume, which should be required reading for public health students, provides a timely compass for mediating the social determinants and fostering prevention of mental disorders and global mental health promotion through practice, policy development and systems transformation.”

    —Annelle B. Primm, MD, MPH
    Deputy Medical Director
    Director, Minority and National Affairs
    American Psychiatric Association

  • “Eliot Sorel has edited a new textbook on global mental health and he has accomplished it with profound insight, creativity, and integrity. The sections of the text, with their subsumed chapters, represent mandatory reading for those interested in this approach to the study of global mental health. Much to his credit, Sorel has assembled a panel of contributing authors who are distinguished scholars. As a result, they make the book sing with authoritative clarity and they convincingly emphasize the point that what they have to say is important. Finally, the integrity of the work is transparently lucid. There is no covering up of the problems that await policy experts and politicians who dismiss the significance of this global perspective on mental health. It is not so long ago that international entities touted public health and primary care and explicitly labeled mental health policy as deserving of no consideration at all. Professor Sorel debunks that silliness and underlines penetratingly the notion that mental health is fundamental to overall health.”

    —Ezra E. H. Griffith, MD,
    Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry
    Deputy Chairman for Diversity and Organizational Ethics
    Yale University School of Medicine

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