Depression and Public Health Law [book]

John Coggon
2017 Oxford Scholarship Online  
This chapter examines arguments for framing and approaching depression as a public health question, paying attention to legal, regulatory, and practical issues. A public health approach focuses on effecting positive health changes through methods of socially coordinated, population-level intervention. Public health agendas aim to prevent or mitigate the incidence of ill health in the first place to promote broader concepts of well-being. This chapter explains a public mental health law approach
more » ... health law approach to depression by addressing two sets of questions: why we would wish to take a public health approach and how we go about it. It presents and expands on a dominant understanding of public health before turning to a broad characterization of public health law, and considering some practicalities of taking a public health approach. It concludes with a discussion of why depression is apt to be framed and addressed as a matter for public health law.
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