Uncertainty, anxiety and the post-pandemic economic environment

There is ample evidence from medical and social sciences that economic crises impact on individual mental health. This makes neuro-psychiatric dynamics and individual mental health, particularly that of entrepreneurs, relevant for economic policy designers. At the same time, economic policies can have an impact on mental health, reducing or increasing economic uncertainty and, consequently, changing […]

Mental health action plan for the WHO South-East Asia region 2023-2030

Member States of the Reg: ion have initiated processes to strengthen leadership and governance for mental health. Several countries have developed and implemented mental health plans, strategies and legislations. Direct spending on mental health needs to be increased throughout the Region through the health sector as well as other relevant sectors.

Developing a suicide prevention action plan in Kisumu County, Kenya

Suicide prevention is a complex and context-dependent challenge. About 75% of deaths by suicide occur in low- and middle-income countries; yet, most current suicide prevention strategies build upon data from high-income countries (HIC). The Kisumu County Government (KCG) in Kenya recognized the need for a suicide prevention action plan. In the absence of a Kenyan […]

Widening the lens on suicide prevention: Introducing Practice and Policy Insights articles

Over time, increasing prominence has been given to the social determinants of suicide and how these might be addressed (Fitzpatrick, 2018). There has been a shift from viewing suicide as a predominantly clinical problem associated with mental illness, to viewing it as a public health issue that arises from the confluence of a complex range […]

Unleashing the potential of systems modeling and simulation in supporting policy-making and resource allocation for suicide prevention

Over 700,000 people die by suicide every year (World Health Organization [WHO], 2021). Despite increasing investment in suicide prevention activities from many governments worldwide, rates have continued to rise over the past 30 years (Yip et al., 2022). This is because suicide is complex and addressing this complexity is our Achilles heel. There are several […]

Toward an integrated and comprehensive equity framework for mental health policy and programming: Needs assessment report

Profound and unacceptable inequities in access and mental health outcomes persist in Canada. In response, social justice movements have created a range of distinct but complementary frameworks, including sex and gender-based analysis plus (SGBA+), health equity, intersectionality, anti-racism, decolonization, and mental health recovery. Yet the sheer number of frameworks has created challenges for implementing policy […]

Policy priority: LGBTQ individuals and communities

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer persons and those who are questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity (LGBTQ1) experience significant health and behavioral health disparities. Sexual orientation is defined as “an inherent or immutable enduring emotional, romantic, or sexual attraction to other people.” Gender identity is an individual’s innermost sense of self as male, […]

Care, community, action: A mental health plan for New York City

New York City is facing a mental health crisis. It is time for a comprehensive mental health plan for NYC to alleviate and prevent emotional suffering, and to save lives. The City’s new, comprehensive plan for NYC’s mental health focuses on three groups of New Yorkers, for which we see the greatest need: Children, youth […]

Global migration: Moral, political and mental health challenges

Global migration is expected to continue to increase as climate change, conflict and economic disparities continue to challenge peoples’ lives. The political response to migration is a social determinant of mental health. Despite the potential benefits of migration, many migrants and refugees face significant challenges after they resettle. The papers collected in this thematic issue […]

Methods and tools to assess implementation of mental health policies and plans: A systematic review

Mental health policies and plans (MHPPs) are important policy instruments and powerful tools to facilitate development of mental health systems and services across the world. We aimed to map and analyse methods and tools used to assess the extent, process and impact of implementing MHPPs. We systematically searched peer-reviewed and grey literature across seven scientific […]

The Traveller Movement: Policy briefing addressing mental health and suicide among Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities in England

Office for National Statistics (ONS) data reveal that there were 18,998 suicides in men and women aged between 20 and 64 years between 2011 and 2015, and that suicide is the leading cause of death in England in adults below the age of 50. Mortality data published by the ONS are collected from the information […]

ACT for mental health federal plan for universal mental health & substance use health: Background paper

Under the Canada Health Act, mental health care is only covered by public health insurance when it is provided by physicians and/or in hospitals, Millions of Canadians don’t have a family doctor2 and can wait months, or more, to see a psychiatrist. Family doctors face challenges in caring for patients with mental health concerns, and publicly […]

Sound decision making in uncertain times: Can systems modelling be useful for informing policy and planning for suicide prevention?

The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated the significant value of systems modelling in supporting proactive and effective public health decision making despite the complexities and uncertainties that characterise an evolving crisis. The same approach is possible in the field of mental health. However, a commonly levelled (but misguided) criticism prevents systems modelling from being more routinely adopted, […]

School supports for reintegration following a suicide-related crisis: A mixed methods study informing hospital recommendations for schools during discharge

The immediate period following psychiatric hospitalization is marked by increased risk for suicide behavior and rehospitalization. Because adolescents commonly return to school settings following hospital discharge, school-related stressors and supports are important considerations for psychiatric treatment and discharge planning. The current study aimed to inform recommendations provided by hospitals to schools to improve school reintegration […]