The World Health Organization corrects an earlier oversight by approving a mental health action plan for its member countries.
Cultural factors and the effects of mental illness related to past trauma can significantly color an applicant’s presentation before a judge or asylum officer.
Now that China’s first national mental health law has taken effect, a major challenge will be to build a community mental health infrastructure where none exists.
The new law eliminates most forms of involuntary treatment, puts strict limits on use of seclusion and restraints, and bans use of treatment as a form of punishment.
This is the conclusion of a two-part series that was begun in the May 17 issue.
Through a 50-year career, Halpern was a dedicated human-rights activist who fought abuses no matter where on the globe they occurred. He will be honored at the APA annual meeting.
The Newlyweds By Nell Freudenberger Alfred A. Knopf 342 pages
APA honors the following members whose deaths were reported from April 1, 2011, to March 31, 2012.
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