Mental health in the Pacific: urgency and opportunity

Ali, Suhailah, Williams, Owain, Chang, Odille, Shidhaye, Rahul, Hunter, Ernest, and Charlson, Fiona (2020) Mental health in the Pacific: urgency and opportunity. Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 61 (3). pp. 537-550.

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The Pacific region faces a significant and growing burden of noncommunicable diseases and mental disorders. An emerging issue is the increasing overlap between physical and mental health conditions, which are often the result of interactive effects and lead to more severe consequences. In addition, climate change is amplifying health risks, as it poses both physical and existential threats to Pacific Island communities. The sustainable development agenda provides a holistic opportunity to address these issues; key elements include improving health surveillance and strengthening health systems, within a multisectoral approach, in order to work towards achieving Healthy Islands.

Item ID: 64338
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1467-8373
Keywords: climate change, mental health, multimorbidity, noncommunicable diseases, Pacific, Sustainable Development Goals
Copyright Information: © 2020 Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) and John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2020 07:39
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420313 Mental health services @ 40%
45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4516 Pacific Peoples health and wellbeing > 451614 Pacific Peoples public health and wellbeing @ 60%
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