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PERSPECTIVE/VIEWPOINT
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 36-38

Inequity in mental health: An issue of increasing public health concern


Treasurer, World Association of Social Psychiatry; Free Lance with Own Firm, Frederiksberg, Denmark

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Marianne C Kastrup
Amalievej 23, DK-1875 Frederiksberg
Denmark
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/WSP.WSP_3_19

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The WHO Alma-Ata Declaration of 1978 aimed to include social and economic sectors within the scope of attaining health. Health is seen as a human right, and a goal was to reduce disparities in health in 2000. Forty years later, we are far from having reached these goals, and inequity in health both between and within countries is still a major problem that receives too little public and political attention. This article discusses the social determinants of mental health and reasons for disparities thereof. To achieve equity is a goal that is beyond reach, but there are many strategies how to reduce the inequity in health, and examples thereof will also be discussed.


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