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Addressing Global Mental Health
John McCarthy and Melissa Habedank
International mental health is an area of heightened interest, as it represents one of the top 10 research advances for 2012 (Insel, 2012). According to articles cited in Collins et al. (2011), a range of mental disorders—schizophrenia, depression, epilepsy, dementia, alcohol dependence, and other mental/neurological/substance use disorders—represent about 13% of global disease, and, in addition, an estimated 1.5 million individuals will complete suicide globally by 2020. This paper will outline various efforts to address global mental health, including the Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health program through the NIMH; the Centre for Global Mental Health in the UK; and the Mental Health Facilitator program through the National Board for Certified Counselors-International.
Keywords: mental health; international; counseling