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Anthropology 385SWR Global Health: Anthropological Approaches: Resources for Specific Health Issues

Spring 2009, Dr. Peter Brown

Mental Health

Here are some resources that might help get you started looking for reports and statistics related to mental health:



  • 2001 World Health Report; Mental Health: New Understanding, New Hope  Published annually by WHO, the World Health Report is WHO's leading publication. Each year the report combines an expert assessment of global health, including statistics relating to all countries, with a focus on a specific subject. The main purpose of the report is to provide countries, donor agencies, international organizations and others with the information they need to help them make policy and funding decisions.


  • Also search in databases such as: PSYCINFO, PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service International), Global Health using search terms such as your country/region and "depression". Also try searching for these terms in the area studies databases related to your country. I found some very good articles that included statistics as well as analysis for different countries.


  • Don't forget to search GOOGLE for your country's ministry/department of health.





  • National Mental Health Information Center (Part of Health & Human Service’s Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA)) Visit the “Mental Health Links” page (link in left-hand column). From this page look at the info on the “Office of Applied Studies” page.


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