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Mental Health Policies

A Must-Read for Mental Health Policy Makers: The New Edition of Mental Health and Social Policy

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 05.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

For many years the prior editions, written by David Mechanic alone, have been the standard text for students of mental health policy. This edition promises to continue to be the standard text because it provides so much information and insight so clearly and briefly.

America's Mental Health System Needs Improvement, But Gains of the Past Give Hope for the Future

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 05.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

When a leading mental health advocate says, "The infrastructure for the public mental-health system is in the worst shape it's been in 40 years," I wonder what he's thinking. Maybe it's just rhetorical flourish, but it is false and counterproductive.

Recognizing Mental Health as Public Health

Neal L. Cohen, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Neal L. Cohen, M.D.

While 21st century approaches to public health have increasingly focused on healthy living with diet, exercise, smoking cessation, and access to preventive health care, there is a growing evidence base to incorporate mental health into our nation's public health agenda.