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Noshpitz Cline History Lecture: The Future of Mental Health Services in the 21st Century
It is clear that mental health is an integral part of an individual’s well-being and has to be seen as such. Data from the United Kingdom (UK) show that economic burden related to poor mental health in the UK is significant – higher than cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Globalization, economic downturn, policy changes, and aging population all are significant factors affecting services. Dr. Bhugra presents an enquiry report from the Mental Health Foundation in the UK about the future of Mental Health Services. Topics include: integration between physical and mental health and social care and between primary care and secondary care; school-based programs; greater personalization of services and the engagement of patients and their care takers and families as equal partners in decisions about care; future changes needed in training; and coordination of transitions across age groups. A need for mental health to be treated as a core public health issue, so that it will be as normal for everyone to look after their mental health as it is to look after their physical health and a public health workforce that sees mental health as one of its core responsibilities. This has major implications for child and adolescent psychiatry.
Professor Bhugra did his basic medical training in Pune, India, trained in psychiatry at Leicester, and then at the Maudsley Hospital London. He trained in sociology and medical anthropology. He was appointed Professor of Mental Health and Cultural Diversity in 2002. Professor Bhugra has been passionate about education and training and is a leader in developing work-place-based assessments for psychiatry residents. He has published widely in the field of cultural psychiatry, sexual dysfunction and service development. He has authored/co-authored over 350 scientific papers, chapters and 32 books. He is the Editor of the International Journal of Social Psychiatry, International Review of Psychiatry and International Journal of Culture and Mental Health. He was elected the Dean of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (2003-2008) and then its President (2008-2011). In this role he was a key influencer of the government‘s mental health strategy and also its public health policy. He was appointed Chair of the Mental Health Foundation (2011-2014) and recently appointed President of the Foundation the third largest mental health charity in the UK.