Urban Mental Health

CHAIR: Naotaka Shinfuku Naotaka Shinfuku
Address: Emeritus Professor, Kobe University School of Medicine, Sawara-ku, Momochi-hama,
1-7, 1-1104, Fukuoka 814-0001, Japan    
Phone: 81 92 831 8651
Fax: 81 92 831 8651
E-mail: shinfuku@seinan-gu.ac.jp
CO-CHAIR:
Norman Sartorius Norman Sartorius
Address: President, Association for the Improvement of Mental Health Programmes, 14,
Chemin Colladon 1209 Geneva, Switzerland    
Phone: 41 22 788 2331
Fax: 41 22 788 2334
E-mail: sartorius@normansartorius.com
SECRETARY: Takahiro A. Kato Takahiro A. Kato
Address: Associate Professor, Department of Neuropsychiatry, Graduate School of Medical Sciences,
Innovation Center for Medical Redox Navigation, Kyushu University, 3-1-1 Maidashi Higashi-ku,
Fukuoka 812-8582, Japan    
Phone: 81 92 642 5627
Fax: 81 92 642 5644
E-mail: takahiro@npsych.med.kyushu-u.ac.jp

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Introduction
Within the next few years, for the first time in history, most of the world population will live in urban areas . This trend, which is evident especially in developing countries, is expected to continue, as the global urban population is projected to double over the next 30 years. As cities try to adjust to this phenomenal growth, several environmental, socio economic and infrastructural problems are having a serious impact on health and mental health of their dwellers.

What is new in the field
There have been a number of recent studies on topic of pertinence to urban mental health. These include studie comparing urban to rural populations, studies on socioeconomic deprivation in inner cities, psychopathological expression in urban areas, and manifestations of city violence. Another direction of inquiry has focused on multicultural aspects of adjustment to city living and cultural aspects of psychopathology.

Publications
Mezzich JE and Caracci G (Eds):The City and Mental Health: Interdisciplinary and International Perspectives. International Journal of Mental Health. Winter 1999-2000, Vol. 28, No. 4, ME Sharpe

Activity
Questionnaire on Mental Health Aspects of HIV/AIDS
Lecture Series on Urban Mental Health

Remarks
The Urban Mental Health Section was estabilishehd August 1998 and it has rapidly grown to include over 40 members worldwide. The Section has presented symposia at various international meetings and has forged ties with numerous international agencies.

Visit our website at the above address. There, among other things, you will find a section where you can send your comments on chosen topics and another one where you will find our International Survey on Urban Mental Health.

The enclosed questionnaire can be downloded in PDF format or filled out as is.

Join us and share your comments.

Bologna International Conference: urban areas and mental health

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The Tower of Babel (Museum of Unnatural History)
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QUESTIONNAIRE FOR INTERNATIONAL SURVEY ON URBAN MENTAL HEALTH

Dear Colleague,

The purpose of this international survey is to gather information on urban mental health patterns and problems. The survey is organized by the World Psychiatric Association Section on Urban Mental Health.Please, take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire and kindly send it to the Section’s Chair, Giovanni Caracci, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Cabrini Program, 227 East 19th Street, New York, N.Y.10003, USA; Fax (212-9957031). A summary report will be sent to all respondents.

Thank you very much for your collaboration!

Sincerely yours,

Giovanni Caracci, M.D.

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