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Centering mental health in society: A human rights approach to well-being for all.

  • Academic Journal
  • Lomax S; Perelman School of Medicine.
    Cafaro CL; College of Science and Health.
    Hassen N; Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change.
    Whitlow C; Health Psychology Program.
    Magid K; Health Psychology Program.
    Jaffe G; Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice.
  • The American journal of orthopsychiatry [Am J Orthopsychiatry] 2022; Vol. 92 (3), pp. 364-370. Date of Electronic Publication: 2022 Apr 07.
  • English
  • Applying a human rights lens to mental health and well-being will improve the systems that govern and operate U.S. society. Achieving this requires learning from successful approaches and scaling up the implementation of effective strategies that promote equity by actively addressing determinants and barriers across systems that impede overall health. As a country, the U.S. has shown significant success in innovation but has failed at taking successful programs and initiatives to scale. Having endured over a year of loss in education, social connection, and routines, the COVID-19 pandemic illuminated America's deeply rooted structural inequities that have worsened population mental health and well-being. Integrating mental health into institutions and systems, while recovering and rebuilding, must be at the forefront to provide a path for transformation. Three recommendations are derived from the strategies and initiatives described throughout this article that offer tangible steps for achieving wellbeing as a human right: 1. Embed mental health within and across all systems, and expand its definition across the continuum; 2. Prioritize prevention and health promotion through person-centered and community-driven strategies; and 3. Expand the diversification and training of the mental health workforce across sectors. The inequities addressed in this article are not the products of a global pandemic. Instead, they result from historical oppression, injustice, and inaction, exacerbated by the current context. Embedding a human rights approach to mental health in the United States is fundamental to individual and community well-being. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2022 APA, all rights reserved).
Additional Information
Publisher: American Psychological Association Country of Publication: United States NLM ID: 0400640 Publication Model: Print-Electronic Cited Medium: Internet ISSN: 1939-0025 (Electronic) Linking ISSN: 00029432 NLM ISO Abbreviation: Am J Orthopsychiatry Subsets: MEDLINE
Publication: 2014- : Washington, DC : American Psychological Association
Original Publication: Menasha, Wis., American Orthopsychiatric Assn.
Date Created: 20220407 Date Completed: 20220517 Latest Revision: 20220517

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