Education in Mental Health

  • Maite FerrinEmail author
Living reference work entry
Part of the Mental Health and Illness Worldwide book series (MHIW)


Health is a human right which is closely linked to education and learning. For the past 20 years, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)‘s work has made a stronger emphasis on education and learning in order to promote both physical and mental health worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) has differentiated between health education and health promotion and defined the second as a more complex process that moves from an individual level toward a wide range of social and environmental interventions that increase knowledge and influence attitudes toward health. Mental health is contributed by a constant interactive relationship between the individual and their environment. In the shaping process of mental and emotional development during childhood and adolescence, education within the family, the school, and the whole community has a paramount influence. This chapter focuses on the importance of education in families, schools, and communities and gives examples of successful educational programs and initiatives across the globe. The potential role of education for reducing stigma in mental health and psychoeducation for improving outcomes in different mental health conditions is also discussed. Finally, current barriers for implementation of educational programs are highlighted. A better understanding and effective implementation of the successful approaches for promoting education in mental health seem of greatest importance at this stage.


Education Health promotion Stigma Families School Psychoeducation Public mental health programs 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Child and Adolescent PsychiatryReCognition Health, LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Haringey CAMHSBarnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health TrustLondonUK
  3. 3.Brain and Behaviour LaboratoryUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptomUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Eric Taylor
    • 1
  • John CM Wong
    • 2
  1. 1.Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department, Institute of PsychiatryKing's College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of Psychological MedicineNational University Health SystemSingaporeSingapore

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