Addressing Mental Health From a Gender Perspective

Challenges and opportunities in meeting SDG3

Authored by: Carol Vlassoff

The Routledge Handbook of International Development, Mental Health and Wellbeing

Print publication date:  June  2019
Online publication date:  June  2019

Print ISBN: 9780367027735
eBook ISBN: 9780429397844
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This chapter explores the relationship between gender and mental health and the importance of this relationship for meeting Sustainable Development Goal 3 (SDG3). The overall goal of ensuring health and wellbeing for all throughout the life cycle includes the targets of promoting mental health and wellbeing, of strengthening prevention and treatment of substance abuse, and of reducing the suicide mortality rate. 1 This chapter will argue that incorporating a gender approach into the promotion of mental health and wellbeing is essential in the attainment of SDG3, particularly in lower and middle-income countries (LMICs).

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