Advocacy for Mental Health, Volume 7

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World Health Organization, 2003 - Medical - 54 pages
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Mental health advocacy is a relatively new concept, developed with a view to reducing stigma and discrimination, and promoting the human rights of people with mental disorders. It consists of various actions aimed at changing the major structural and attitudinal barriers to achieving positive mental health outcomes in populations. This module draws attention to the importance of advocacy in mental health policy and service development. The roles of various mental health groups in advocacy are outlined. Practical steps are then recommended, indicating how ministries of health can support advocacy

Also available: WHO Mental Health Policy and Service Guidance Package--14 modules

Other modules included in the package:
Improving Access and Use of Psychotropic Medicines
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Policies and Plans
Mental Health Policy, Plans and Programmes. Updated version
Mental Health Context
Mental Health Financing
Quality Improvement for Mental Health
Organization of Services for Mental Health
Planning and Budgeting to Deliver Services for Mental Health
Mental Health Legislation and Human Rights
Mental Health Policies and Programmes in the Workplace
Mental Health Information Systems
Human Resources and Training in Mental Health
Monitoring and Evaluation of Mental Health Policies and Plans

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World Health Organization is a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, charged to act as the world's directing and coordinating authority on questions of human health. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

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