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Prevention of mental disorders: evidence, challenges and opportunities

Jacka, FN and Reavley, NJ 2014, Prevention of mental disorders: evidence, challenges and opportunities, BMC Medicine, vol. 12, no. 1, Article number 75, pp. 1-3, doi: 10.1186/1741-7015-12-75.

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Title Prevention of mental disorders: evidence, challenges and opportunities
Author(s) Jacka, FNORCID iD for Jacka, FN orcid.org/0000-0002-9825-0328
Reavley, NJ
Journal name BMC Medicine
Volume number 12
Issue number 1
Season Article number 75
Start page 1
End page 3
Total pages 3
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2014-05
ISSN 1741-7015
Keyword(s) depression
mental disorders
mental health
policy
Prevention
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Medicine, General & Internal
General & Internal Medicine
DATAPREV PROJECT
EVIDENCE SAY
HEALTH
Summary Modelling studies suggest that less than 30% of the burden of mental disorders can be averted, even with optimal care and access to services. This points to the need to reduce the incidence of mental disorders, utilising evidence-based prevention strategies and policy action. In this cross-journal article collection (http://www.biomedcentral.com/series/PMD), the case for prevention is made by identifying initiatives with established efficacy, as well as opportunities and targets for the prevention of mental disorders in early life, in the workplace and at the population level. These articles provide reviews, systematic and narrative, outlining the evidence base for prevention approaches, as well as comment and debate designed to prompt discussion and a reconsideration of strategies for prevention. Barriers to expanding the research into prevention include the reluctance of governments and funding bodies to invest in research and policy action that may take many years to manifest benefits. The case for the cost-effectiveness of preventing mental disorders needs to be strongly argued and new cross-disciplinary, intersectoral initiatives and policies developed for the prevention of mental disorders across the lifespan.
Language eng
DOI 10.1186/1741-7015-12-75
Field of Research 111714 Mental Health
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C4 Letter or note
Copyright notice ©2014, Biomed Central
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