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Mental health is a fundamental public health priority, and this stimulating and comprehensive book brings together all of the key issues to offer an overview for students and practitioners alike. Written by a team of leading international experts, the book summarizes the evidence base and asks the key questions at the heart of a range of topics from community development to public mental health in schools and recovery and well-being. The book includes: mini toolkits at the end of each chapter that include tips for effective practice, reflection points and questions to consider; case studies exploring real world examples of public mental health in action; and discussion and opinion encouraging readers to question and debate the issues at the core of public mental health policy. The book also includes a chapter written by Kate E. Pickett and Richard G. Wilkinson, authors of the best selling book The Spirit Level. Public Mental Health: Global Perspectives is an invaluable tool to give readers the confidence to develop effective mental health tools and programs that will improve public mental health. Contributors: John Ashton, Jane Barlow, Annette Beautrais, Peter Byrne, Sandra Carlisle, Mima Cattan, Elaine Church, Cary Cooper, Patrick Corrigan, Mary O'Hagan, Phil Hanlon, Eva Jane-Llopis, Anthony Jorm, Gregory Luke Larkin, Crick Lund, Jane Mathieson, Margaret Maxwell, Maura Mulloy, Michael Nash, Inge Petersen, Kate Pickett, Nicola Reavley, Nicholas Rusch, Jude Stansfield, Sarah Stewart-Brown, Mark Weist and Richard Wilkinson. "This book is written by renowned experts from a wide range of disciplines who carefully explore issues and tensions within the field. It will be a great resource not just for those working in public health practice but also for all those whose work has an influence on this vitally important aspect of human life." (Professor Lindsey Davies, President of the Faculty of Public Health). "The book provides a convincing account of the many ways in which our society could become more mentally healthy. It should be read by businessmen, teachers and politicians as much as by clinicians." (Prof Lord Layard).