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This is just a brief note on the growing attempts to apply a public health approach to mental health i.e. avoid slow, expensive, and ineffective psychiatrists, and get people's better awareness of the issues to improve health. It is also broadly related to positive psychology.
I now have another page which elaborates on this general approach.
An impressive study showing this reported a reduction in suicide rate of 33%
from a series of such "educational" measures:
Kerry L Knox, David A Litts, G Wayne Talcott, Jill Catalano Feig & Eric D Caine (2003) "Risk of suicide and related adverse outcomes after exposure to a suicide prevention programme in the US Air Force: cohort study" British Medical Journal vol/no.327 pp.1376-8 20 Dec 2003. doi:10.1136/bmj.327.7428.1376
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There is some local research in this area: 1 2 3
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