The World Federation for Mental Health envisions a world in which mental health is a priority for all people. Public policies and programs reflect the crucial importance of mental health in the lives of individuals.
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The report provides an important framework and road map for mental health that responds to people’s needs, respects their rights and ensures that the dignity of every person is respected.
The World Health Organization is committed to responding to the report’s call for Member States to seek technical assistance from the WHO QualityRights initiative in order to promote access to good quality mental health and related services and respect for the rights of persons with psychosocial, intellectual and cognitive disabilities.
Mental Health in the Workplace
October 10, 2017
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SINGAPORE: The Government will provide more support for people with disabilities and those with mental health conditions in this year’s Budget.
In his Budget statement delivered on Monday (Feb 20), Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat emphasised the need for everyone to build an inclusive society.
“All of us can play a part in our communities,” he said. “All of us have something to offer, be it time, expertise or the extra attention, to care for each other.”
To that end, he announced a number of initiatives aimed to help those with disabilities and mental health conditions.
Mental, neurological, and substance use disorders are common in all regions of the world, affecting every community and age group across all income countries. While 14% of the global burden of disease is attributed to these disorders, most of the people affected - 75% in many low-income countries - do not have access to the treatment they need.
The WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) aims at scaling up services for mental, neurological and substance use disorders for countries especially with low- and middle-income. The programme asserts that with proper care, psychosocial assistance and medication, tens of millions could be treated for depression, schizophrenia, and epilepsy, prevented from suicide and begin to lead normal lives– even where resources are scarce.
The link below will also take you to resources, reports and the mhGAP newsletter. The information is to help reduce the mental health treatment gap.
World Federation for Mental Health Statement
for the WHO 70th World Health Assembly
with reference to Agenda Item 13.7: Promoting the health of refugees and migrants
The World Health Organization’s recent shift in approach to the health care of refugees and migrants from humanitarian-based care to an approach based on broader health systems offers an opportunity to integrate mental health care into services.
Given the magnitude of the crisis caused by forced displacement, emergency care and health systems-based care will both be needed. The World Federation for Mental Health supports efforts to integrate mental health care in overall health care wherever possible.
Special attention should be paid to those vulnerable people who had a serious mental illness before a regional crisis took place. Their special needs are often neglected if they become refugees or displaced persons—but given the proportion of people with mental health conditions in general populations, the proportion must also be high among refugees and displaced persons. The numbers will be made higher by the displacement experience.
The situation of migrants in the Middle East, in southern Europe and in Africa presents an enormous challenge. Despite the many priorities in providing care, and the constraints required by budgets, mental health care should be included in assistance.
Planning should take account of the health of women, adolescents, children and the elderly. Many of them have experienced violence in crisis situations. Children in particular may be exposed to a lifetime of mental health consequences.
The Report of the High-Level Working Group on the Health and Human Rights of Women, Children and Adolescents, newly released by the World Health Organization and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, emphasizes a goal of achieving the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health for marginalized people such as migrants and refugees.
The final version of the new Charter on the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action is available on the Internet: humanitariandisabilitycharter.org.
The Charter was drawn up by some 70 organizations and agencies before the UN’s first World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul (23/24 May 2016), to draw attention to the need to include people with disabilities in responses to humanitarian emergencies. Their special requirements are often overlooked.
The Charter asks providers of humanitarian assistance in emergencies to be fully inclusive of people with disabilities in their policies, planning and services. They should alert their staff members to the diverse needs of persons with disabilities, and include them or their organizations’ representatives in decision-making and planning.
The Charter is not a legally binding document and does not affect current obligations, but it is an important new statement of principles. Its website includes an easy way for governments and organizations to endorse its provisions.
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