Community mental health resourcing

Justin R. Watts, Elias Mpofu, Qiwei Li, Veronica Cortez, Ganesh Baniya

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This chapter considers qualities of sustainable community mental health resourcing from an ecological and interdisciplinary perspective. We identify and examine pertinent issues related to professional and legal definitions that underlie community mental health practices, emphasizing wellness perspectives. Next, we briefly discuss the history of related research and practices in community mental health, including the evolution of preventive mental health practices and the resources for them. We then discuss the qualities that define sustainable community mental health resourcing as they relate to access, reach, scalability, affordability, feasibility, and integrated care. In doing so, we map and explore the pillars of sustainable community mental health in the twenty-first century, taking into account diversity in community mental health resourcing needs. Finally, we propose lines of community mental health research and practice that are needed to support sustainable community mental health resourcing.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable Community Health
Subtitle of host publicationSystems and Practices in Diverse Settings
Number of pages31
ISBN (Electronic)9783030596873
ISBN (Print)9783030596866
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jan 2021


  • Community mental health
  • Community-based mental health services
  • Cultural influences on mental health
  • Integrated mental health care
  • Mental health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology
  • General Medicine
  • General Environmental Science
  • General Social Sciences


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