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Population promotion of informal self-help strategies for early intervention against depression and anxiety

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  22 July 2005

ANTHONY F. JORM
Affiliation:
ORYGEN Research Centre, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
KATHLEEN M. GRIFFITHS
Affiliation:
Centre for Mental Health Research, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

Abstract

Much of the burden of depression and anxiety in the population is attributable to subclinical symptoms. Broadening formal health-care systems to treat subclinical depression and anxiety is not the answer to reducing this burden, because health-care systems lack the resources even to provide optimal care to clinical cases. The solution proposed is the population-wide dissemination of informal self-help strategies that have evidence for effectiveness. These are highly acceptable to the public, easily applied, inexpensive and may avert the development of many clinical cases.

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2005 Cambridge University Press

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