Geography is one of the key factors to understanding morbidity of mental illness, and performance of mental health services. Decision-making in mental health service planning and policy should be supported by the geographical characteristics of mental illness and service availablity. Geographical Information System (GIS) tools are used for cartography and spatial analyses, and geostatistics analyse the georeferenced data. This project aims to study:
the spatial distribution of mental illness linked to their risk factors including sociodemographic and environmental, and
the spatial distribution of mental health services considering their locations, catchment areas, accessibility, delivered care, utilisation, and characteristics of the users.
Jose A. Salinas-Perez, University Loyola Andalucia (Spain)