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.
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.
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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