Strengthening mental health systems through community-based approaches
Other TitlesReport of an Informal Consultation Bali, Indonesia, 19-22 December 2010
AbstractDescription: Despite tremendous progress in the field of psychiatry, including the availability of new psychotropic medication, the treatment gap (i.e. the number of people not getting appropriate care) is as high as 90% in some Member States of the Region. Thus, there is a need to develop new ideas and approaches on the delivery of mental health care. The optimal method of delivery of mental health care to the patient is not through the tertiary-care mental hospitals but through the primary health-care system. The primary health-care system can be enhanced to deliver essential mental health care to the community and within the community, thus reaching out even to remote and rural areas. This is inkeeping with the Regional Office's programme on revitalizing primary health care, including mental health, to the community through the PHC delivery system. Thus, WHO's role at this time is to advocate with governments to accord greater priority to mental health services in their countries, and also to review their mental health systems in totality.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2012). Strengthening mental health systems through community-based approaches. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/206415