Developing a National Mental Health Policy (Maudsley by Rachel Jenkins, David Goldberg

By Rachel Jenkins, David Goldberg

Psychological ailment factors a considerable well-being burden in all areas of the realm, and is a tremendous contributor to international poverty.
Developing a countrywide psychological healthiness Policy is designed to help these interested by constructing in the community acceptable psychological future health rules, emphasising the an important position of basic care, NGOs, the social area, faculties and offices, and the legal justice approach in addition to the professional psychological overall healthiness services.
The e-book addresses the rules of human rights, psychological future health laws, psychological healthiness details structures, human assets, responsibility and financing in addition to key cultural concerns. It provides a accomplished and recent account of the duty of tailoring psychological health and wellbeing providers to the wishes of nations within the post-institutional period.

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Trade and Industry – Maintaining communications with insurance companies and others – Preventing discrimination (relevant generally). Mental health policy needs to encompass: l l primary and secondary health and social care, the links between them, and methods of ensuring good practice; liaison between the health services and the social welfare services, the criminal justice system including the police and the prisons, the education system, workplaces and the general community; 3. DEVELOPING THE OVERALL STRATEGY l l l l 39 the interface between the public and the private sectors and the nongovernmental sector; attention to some generic issues essential for the success of any health policy, such as the information strategy, the research and development strategy and the human resources strategy; some specific vital issues such as the precise funding streams for mental health and the organisational structure for policy implementation; consideration of the generic role of legislation in supporting the implementation of the mental health strategy, as well as the specific mental health legislation, to set the overall philosophy of approach to the care of people with mental disorders together with precise provision for assessment and treatment without consent under certain defined conditions in the interests of the public.

41 42 l DEVELOPING A NATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH POLICY Protecting human rights If individuals with mental illness are to be treated and/or detained against their wishes, legislation must ensure that these powers may only be exercised in strictly defined circumstances and that adequate safeguards are included in order to prevent arbitrary interference with individuals’ rights and freedoms. 2 in Chapter 3 identified the range of agencies which are likely to have an interest in mental health. Equally, the legislative framework in which these agencies operate is likely to have an impact on the mental health strategy.

Loss of public confidence. Unnecessary deaths. Decay in the quality and effectiveness of services. Services unable to keep pace with global research findings. Lack of innovation. Services frozen into outdated models. Avoidance of perverse outcomes from policy. Avoidance of inefficiency, duplication. Good outcomes. Sensitivity to need. Patients can occupy least restrictive and most cost-effective slot in the system. Efficiency. Good communications. Avoids a variety of inconsistent local practices springing up.

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