The first publication will address population-based strategies that can be implemented through health and non-health sectors to promote mental health and prevent mental disorders. It will (a) highlight the specific links between social determinants and mental health, and (b) provide promotion and prevention strategies that could be implanted at general population level or targeting vulnerable populations.
The second publication will address health-system based strategies for organizing and delivering comprehensive and integrated care for mental disorders and other chronic health conditions. It will (a) review common characteristics and links between mental, neurological, and substance use disorders and other chronic diseases, (b) highlight mutually compatible and reinforcing models of care and prevention, (c) outline key strategies for comprehensive and integrated care of chronic diseases, and (d) identify key actions by different actors for overcoming critical barriers to change and redefining health systems.
The third document will address innovative methodologies for shifting from hospital to community-based care, including operational approaches for establishing community mental health services and promoting social inclusion. It will (a) describe innovative and concrete methodologies for shifting from hospital to community-based methods, (b) provide concrete examples of innovative strategies for deinstitutionalization and (c) provide innovative, operational approaches for establishing community mental health services and promoting social inclusion.
Finally, the fourth publication will address strategies to stop human rights violations of children with mental disabilities in hospital and community settings alike, including alternatives to institutionalizing children with mental disabilities. The product of the work of this group will be a Tool Kit WHO/Gulbenkian Platform which will be made available to governments, professional associations, and advocacy groups willing to campaign for the rights of these vulnerable children. The Kit will contain a brief technical document on the mental disabilities of children, provide some figures on the dimension of the phenomenon at global level, and identify alternative strategies to avoid physical seclusion and restraint.