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Plan d'action pour la santé mentale 2013-2020

World Health Organization, (2013)

La santé mentale est importante mais il reste à l'échelle mondiale un long chemin à parcourir pour lui donner toute sa place. Il convient d'inverser de nombreuses tendances fâcheuses - les services et les soins de santé mentale trop souvent négligés, les violations des droits humains ou la discrimination dont sont victimes les personnes atteintes de troubles mentaux ou de handicaps psychosociaux.

Plan de acciόn sobre salud mental 2013-2020.

World Health Organization, (2013)

Four major objectives are set forth: more effective leadership and governance for mental health; the provision of comprehensive, integrated mental health and social care services in community-based settings; implementation of strategies for promotion and prevention; and strengthened information systems, evidence and research.

Policy Options on Mental Health

World Health Organization WHO Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, (2017)

"This is the final report of the six-year collaboration between the WHO Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse and the Gulbenkian Global Mental Health Platform, an initiative of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation aimed at reducing the global burden of mental health through the development and application of evidence and good practices to global mental health."

Blueprint for a Public Health and Safety Approach to Drug Policy

Tracy Pugh, Julie Netherland, Ruth Finkelstein, Eds.: The New York Academy of Medicine, Drug Policy Alliance, (2013)

"Some of the problems with our current drug policies stem from the fact that these policies have been largely bifurcated between two different and often contradictory approaches. One treats drug use as a crime that cannot be tolerated and should be punished; the other views addiction as a chronic relapsing health or behavioral condition requiring ongoing treatment and support. Neither of these views is all encompassing—it should be recognized that there are patterns of drug use that do not result in significant harm or health problems and therefore require no intervention. The public health approach presented here takes the view that our focus should be on the harm caused by drug use and the harm caused by our policy responses to it. We have focused specifically on illicit drugs, not because they are by themselves more harmful (in fact, tobacco causes more morbidity and mortality than any illicit drug), but because it has become increasingly clear that our current policies to manage illicit drugs are failing."

An Invisible Crisis: Exploring Mental Health needs in the Syrian and Iraqi Crises; Médecins du Monde response and challenges ahead

Médecins du Monde, (2018)

It highlights the numerous challenges to quality service provision, along with the organisation’s response to mental health needs, and recommendations for international and regional decision-makers including: Advocating and working towards mental health policies that support adequate funding for mental health care and government support Legislation to protect the rights of people with mental disorders and vulnerable communities Advocating for multi-year funding to support the sustainability of MHPSS programs Creating capacity building opportunities consistent with the IASC guidelines and supported with continuous supervision

Manual of Mental Health for Psychologists

Uday K. Sinha, Devvarta Kumar, Naveen Grover, Jai Prakash, Gouri Shankar Kaloiya, Eds.: National Health Ministry for Health and Family Welfare; Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India; WHO, (2016)

For Mental Health Service Delivery under National Mental Health Programme

Where there is no psychiatrist

Patel, V.; C. Hanlen, (2018)

2nd edition. The book is aimed at general health workers in low- and middle-income country settings and has some chapters on perinatal mental health. That said, it has definite applicability in high-income country settings too! In the new edition, there has been a big expansion of the psychosocial interventions. Thanks to your advocacy for such a resource being open-access (as the first edition was not), the book is freely available for download:

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