This year Mental Illness Awareness Week is observed on 7-18 October, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental illness, fighting stigma and advocating for equal care.

As part of this efforts, Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences (EPS) gives a contribution by publishing research articles, systematic reviews, editorials and special articles that are highly relevant for mental health globally, aiming to give visibility to crucial topics that currently receive too little attention in the international community.

The following selection of articles is an example of this effort. Priority is given to epidemiologically relevant mental health conditions and topics, including strategies for reducing metal health stigma in low- and middle-income countries, the relationship between poverty and mental health, the true efficacy of psychotherapy, the delivery of psychosocial interventions to people with psychosis, the use of WHO tools for reducing discrimination, the key role of peer support in mental health, the definition of unmet needs in mental health, the relationship between involuntary psychiatric admissions, stigma and recovery, the use of complementary and alternative medicines by people with mental disorders.

EPS strongly believes that the publication of ground-breaking research may contribute to the advancement of psychiatry and mental health around the world, attempting to give voice to all actors involved, particularly to those who are least able to speak for themselves.

EPS is an international, peer-reviewed journal giving priority to highly relevant and innovative research articles and systematic reviews in the areas of public mental health and policy; mental health services, system research; and epidemiological and social psychiatry. Visit to learn more.

In honor of Mental Illness Awareness Week and World Mental Health Day, Cambridge University Press is giving away free journal articles and book chapters related to mental health and wellbeing for the full month of October 2018. Click here to learn more.

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