Mental Health Policy and Practice across Europe

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Joint winner of the 2007 European Healthcare Management Association's Baxter Award.


In much of Europe it remains taboo to discuss the challenges that poor mental health raises for governments, societies and particularly for people with mental health problems themselves.

This book maps the current state of policy, service provision and funding for mental health care across Europe, taking into account the differing historical contexts that have shaped both the development and delivery of services. A holistic approach is adopted that aims to assess the influence on mental health of environmental factors such as housing, poverty, employment, social justice and displacement.

Covering a wide range of policy issues, the book:

  • Examines the legal rights of people with mental health problems
  • Addresses the impact of stigma, social exclusion and discrimination
  • Reviews the role of users and their families in the development of mental health services and policy-Reflects on approaches to reform and on the future development of services
  • Evaluates opportunities for the rehabilitation of people with mental health problems-Discusses the financing and organisation of mental health systems
  • Reflects on approaches to reform and the future development of services

Mental Health Policy and Practice Across Europe is key reading for policy makers, professionals involved in the delivery of health and social care services, voluntary agencies, non-governmental organizations, academics and students of health policy.

The editors

Martin Knapp, Professor of Social Policy; Director, Personal Social Services Research Unit at the London School of Economics and Political Science; Professor, Health Economics and Director, the Centre for the Economics of Mental Health at King's College London, Institute of Psychiatry.

David McDaid, Research Fellow in Health Policy and Health Economics at LSE Health and Social Care and European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.

Elias Mossialos, Brian Abel-Smith Professor of Health Policy; Director, LSE Health; Co-Director, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.

Graham Thornicroft, Professor of Community Psychiatry and Head, Health Services Research Department at King’s College London, Institute of Psychiatry. He is also a Consultant Psychiatrist working at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust.