This book is the work product of a group of researchers and professionals of the highest caliber and recognition in the field of mental health in the
Americas. It reviews the findings of major epidemiological studies conducted in Latin America and the
Caribbean and discusses some specific issues of particular importance as they are, among others, the epidemiology of mental disorders in population groups with greater vulnerability, the use of mental health services, use of alcohol and other psychoactive substances, suicide and mental disabilities.
This publication attempts to show an overview and update of epidemiological research in mental health in the Region. Hopefully you will be useful in the university teacher, in schools and technical training in postgraduate courses for professionals and researchers in the field of mental health, as well as for those interested in the subject.
The Pan American Health Organization has sponsored this work as part of ongoing efforts to generate evidence, promoting the cause and promote policies and plans for mental health in the countries of the
Americas. The editors and authors we will be very satisfied if it is of interest and value to readers.