WFOT Bulletin October 2020: Mental health and occupational therapy
Deadline for theme manuscripts: 1 July 2020
Around 1-in-7 people globally (11-18 percent) have one or more mental or substance use disorders. Globally, this means around one billion people in 2017 experienced a mental health problem. The Global Burden of Disease report indicates a major increase in mental health problems and a major concern around the world (https://ourworldindata.org › global-mental-health).
In recent years, mental health policy has been undergoing radical change around the world in line with international guidelines, such as the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNDESA 2006) and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UNDP 2015). In order to work towards achieving the targets set out in these documents, many countries are updating their mental health legislation. For example, the Indian Mental Health Care Act 2017, which came into force in 2018, mandates a human-rights-based approach to the care and treatment of people experiencing mental disorder. In China, the first mental health act in the history of the country came into effect in 2013, with the prevention of mental disorder as its guiding principle. This shift of approach, from custodial care to community integration of people with mental illness, places demands on mental health service providers and front-line staff. The increase in mental and emotional stressors in our modern world is also changing the focus of occupational therapy practice. WFOT has published the Position Statement: Occupational Therapy and Mental Health (2019) to affirm the professions role in this important area of practice.
The WFOT Bulletin offers the opportunity for you to share your research and practice experience on aspects relevant to mental health and occupational therapy, with a deadline of 1 July 2020.
The Bulletin accepts general articles at any time.
Case studies 1500 word: may follow the following format: abstract, 5 keywords, introduction with a description of the situation and context including the socioeconomic, political climate of practice, reason for new practice, background (the scenario), role of OT, implications and impact, conclusion with application perhaps to other places/countries