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PLoS Medicine Issue Image | Vol. 9(5) May 2012

PLoS Medicine Issue Image | Vol. 9(5) May 2012

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Putting Evidence into Practice: The PLoS Medicine Series on Global Mental Health Practice.

Mental health disorders are prevalent in all areas of the world, in every community and across all income levels. An estimated 13% of the total global burden of disease is attributable to mental health disorders, with almost three-quarters of this burden affecting people in the developing world. This makes mental health one of the most pressing challenges facing the global health community. In this month's editorial, the PLoS Medicine Editors, along with guest editors Vikram Patel, Rachel Jenkins, and Crick Lund, announce the launch of a new series on Global Mental Health Practice, and issue a call for case studies that can help broaden our understanding of global mental health interventions in “real-life” contexts. The first two papers in the series, commissioned for our Health in Action section, include an analysis by Simone Honikman and colleagues of the Perinatal Mental Health Project, which delivered mental health care to pregnant women in South Africa in a collaborative, step-wise manner, and a report by Peter Ventevogel and colleagues on their efforts to integrate brief, practice-oriented mental health training into the Afghanistan health care system. The Editors say, “A key motivation for this series is to emphasize the importance of ‘practice-based evidence,’ by placing value on the experiences and impact of interventions in real-world settings as evidence for implementation…The series addresses the need for greater awareness of global mental health in practice, and builds on PLoS Medicine's interest and leadership in global mental health.”

Image Credit: Marcie Casas (Marcie Casas at flickr.com)

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Putting Evidence into Practice: The PLoS Medicine Series on Global Mental Health Practice.

Mental health disorders are prevalent in all areas of the world, in every community and across all income levels. An estimated 13% of the total global burden of disease is attributable to mental health disorders, with almost three-quarters of this burden affecting people in the developing world. This makes mental health one of the most pressing challenges facing the global health community. In this month's editorial, the PLoS Medicine Editors, along with guest editors Vikram Patel, Rachel Jenkins, and Crick Lund, announce the launch of a new series on Global Mental Health Practice, and issue a call for case studies that can help broaden our understanding of global mental health interventions in “real-life” contexts. The first two papers in the series, commissioned for our Health in Action section, include an analysis by Simone Honikman and colleagues of the Perinatal Mental Health Project, which delivered mental health care to pregnant women in South Africa in a collaborative, step-wise manner, and a report by Peter Ventevogel and colleagues on their efforts to integrate brief, practice-oriented mental health training into the Afghanistan health care system. The Editors say, “A key motivation for this series is to emphasize the importance of ‘practice-based evidence,’ by placing value on the experiences and impact of interventions in real-world settings as evidence for implementation…The series addresses the need for greater awareness of global mental health in practice, and builds on PLoS Medicine's interest and leadership in global mental health.”

Image Credit: Marcie Casas (Marcie Casas at flickr.com)

https://doi.org/10.1371/image.pmed.v09.i05.g001