Developing community mental health services : report of the regional workshop, Bangkok, Thailand, 11-14 December 2006
AbstractTo meet the mental health needs of the community, the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Unit (MHS) of the WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia (WHO/SEARO) has concentrated on a two-pronged strategy: is to promote the mental well-being of the population by taking a positive approach to mental health promotion and prevention of mental illnesses; and the other is to assist Member States in developing community mental health services which reach out to the community. The MHS Unit is making efforts to develop programmes capable of delivering at least the basic minimum level of services for neuropsychiatric conditions to everyone everywhere. Ideally, such services should be delivered within the community rather than expecting people to travel long distances to tertiary-care hospitals. The primary health care system should be utilized for this purpose. Those delivering health care in the community should be trained to identify and manage these conditions. In addition, affordable and appropriate medications should be made available in the community. Finally, the programmes should address psychosocial issues such as stigma and rehabilitation.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2007). Developing community mental health services : report of the regional workshop, Bangkok, Thailand, 11-14 December 2006. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/204964