Developing and Strengthening Community Mental Health
Transforming Mental Health Services
IMHCN CALLS FOR TRANSFORMATION OF MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AND PRACTICES
This transformation requires a fundamental change in thinking about mental health through a comprehensive review of current services and practices.
We need to act upon the clear evidence that social determinants (link) play a fundamental part in the lives of people with mental health issues.
Research (link) has shown that people with mental health problems have experienced difficult and challenging life situations. This has led them to require mental health services which do not address their whole life needs
The dominant clinical response today does not acknowledge or address the importance of social determinants in the current service model.
The consequence of this is that life circumstances such as, poverty, inequalities, systemic racism and discrimination are not systematically addressed.
The IMHCN believes that we must prioritise community service development through a Whole Person, Whole Life - Whole System, Strategic Approach (link)
However, many Mental Health Service Organisations, practitioners are recognising the need to transform their mental health system and are supporting IMHCN in the need for change.
Covid - 19 has highlighted the urgent need to act now.
We are building a network of people and organisations committed to make this transformation a reality.
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For more information email John Jenkins
See the Big Issues and Action Plan below.
Big issues identified by Covid-19 requiring Fundamental Change in Mental Health
A Local and Global Action Plan in Development
The Action Plan is the result of the work with a coalition of organisations representing people with lived experience; who use services; family members, mental health professionals, policy makers and researchers and has been adopted by a Coalition of International Organisations:
International Mental Health Collaborating Network
World Federation for Mental Health
World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation
Mental Health Europe
European Community based Mental Health Service Providers Network (EUCOMS)
Global Alliance of Mental Illness Advocacy Networks (GAMIAN)
Human Rights Monitoring Institute (HRMI)
Italian Society of Psychiatric Epidemiology (SIEP)
Transforming Australia’s Mental Health Service System, Incorporated
The Action Plan addresses the need for fundamental change in mental health that should prioritise improving mental health by focusing on social determinants and achieving equity in mental health care for all people worldwide.
These targets are for people and organisations to use locally within their communities and mental health services.
We are now actively seeking the support of all organisations and services that want to be part of this campaign for fundamental change.
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