WHO Guidance on community mental health services: Promoting person-centred and rights-based approaches

As we seek to find ways to live ethically in a world of fire, actions have been taken in several parts of the globe while several community-based mental health services, using a person-centred and rights-based approach, have been established.

The WHO “Guidance on community mental health services: Promoting person-centred and rights-based approaches” is a set of publications released in June 2021,  which provides a detailed description of these approaches and summary examples of community-based mental health care and good practices services that is both respectful of human rights and focused on recovery.

It describes the linkages needed with housing, education, employment and social protection sectors, and presents examples of integrated regional and national networks of community-based mental health services. Specific recommendations and action steps are presented for developing community mental health services that respect human rights and focus on recovery. This comprehensive document is accompanied by a set of seven technical packages focused on specific categories of mental health services and guidance for setting up new services.

Please click here to download the document.

For summary examples and further information on the practice, please see here.

 

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