Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Public Health

Mental Health: Facing the Challenges, Building Solutions: Report from the WHO European Ministerial Conference

Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Public Health

Mental Health: Facing the Challenges, Building Solutions: Report from the WHO European Ministerial Conference

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Mental Health: Facing the Challenges, Building Solutions: Report from the WHO European Ministerial Conference Geneva, Switzerland: Regional Office for Europe of the World Health Organization, 2005; 181 pp., US$31.50

This is an easy-to-read summary of the results of the WHO European Ministerial Conference on Mental Health which includes the Mental Health Declaration and action plan for europe, adopted by the 52 member states. The Declaration sets out broad priorities and then provides 14 briefings on related topics:

* Mental health services in europe: the treatment gap;

* Stigma and discrimination;

* Mental health promotion and mental disorder prevention;

* Mental health and working life;

* Alcohol and mental health;

* Suicide prevention;

* Mental health of children and adolescents;

* Access to good primary care;

* Community-based services;

* Human resources and training;

* Legislation;

* Empowerment and advocacy;

* The economics; and

* Mental health information and research.

Each of these sections does a good job summarizing the major issues, what sorts of interventions or programs could be implemented, and potential ways to proceed. …

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