Urban Mental Health

CHAIR: Mariano Bassi Address: DSM ASL Bologna, Viale Carlo Pepoli, 5, 40123 Bologna, Italy    
Phone: 39 051 6584164
Fax: 39 051 6584178
E-mail: tarpon8349@libero.it
Giovanni Caracci Address: Department of Psychiatry, New Jersey Medical School, 183 South Orange Avenue, Newark, NJ 07103, United States of America    
Phone: 1 973 972 9712
Fax: 1 973 972 0529
E-mail: caraccgi@umdnj.edu
SECRETARY: Jair Mari Address: Universidad Federal de Sao Paulo Department of Psychiatry Rua Borges Lagoa 570 – 1° andar Vila Clementino Sao Paulo 04038-000 Brazil    
Phone: 55 11 3079 0262
Fax: 55 11 3079 9232
E-mail: jamari17@gmail.com

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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.

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

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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.

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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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