Are community mental health services relevant in low- and middle-income countries?

Author: 
G. Thornicroft and M. Tansella
Publication date: 
27 June 2014

We have recently argued, based upon a thorough review of the literature, that in low, middle and high income countries and settings a balance is required between investment in community-based and hospitalbased mental health services (Thornicroft & Tansella,2009, 2013a, b, Thornicroft et al. 2013, 2011a, 2011b). Is this view supported by leading mental health experts  working in those low-income settings, where over three-quarters of the world’s population lives? In this issue of Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, two papers examine this proposition both from the perspective of clinicians and as researchers.