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Mens Sana Monogr. 2007 Jan;5(1):179-87. doi: 10.4103/0973-1229.32162.

What psychiatry means to me.

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Director, World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health, University of Melbourne, Australia. Secretary for Publications, World Psychiatric Association, E-mail: h.herrman@unimelb.edu.au.

Abstract

Moving in early career from public health physician to psychiatrist gives me a public health view of psychiatry and an interest in pursuing the goals of widening access to community-based services for people with mental disorders and promoting mental health in communities. Training in social medicine in the UK and psychiatry in Australia lead to studies of homelessness in people living with psychotic disorders, the health of family caregivers, assessing quality of life and mental health promotion.Work with the World Health Organization (WHO) in the Western Pacific Region and the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) worldwide has given me opportunities to work with psychiatrists, mental health workers, service users and others in governments and non-government organisations implementing the recommendations of the World Health Report 2001 in countries with limited resources. My work as WPA Secretary for Publications seeks to improve information exchange in countries irrespective of their wealth. This is an exciting time to be working in a global village with technical capacity to reach into its furthest corners. Psychiatrists supported by WPA can help ensure that vulnerable people and communities and people living with mental disorders are well served in this new environment and no longer left out and left behind.

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Public health; economic development; health promotion; research dissemination; social medicine

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