Mental health

Health in All Policies - Seizing opportunities, implementing policies

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European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

Health in All Policies (HiAP) is an approach to policies that systematically takes into account the health and health-system implications of decisions, seeks synergies, and avoids harmful health impacts to improve population health and health equity. It is founded on health-related rights and obligations and has great potential to improve population health and equity.

However, incorporating health into policies across sectors is often challenging and even when decisions are made, implementation may only be partial or unsustainable.

Adolescent Mental Health: Mapping actions of nongovernmental organizations and other international development organizations

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World Health Organization

Adolescents are generally perceived as a healthy age group, and yet 20% of them, in any given year, experience a mental health problem, most commonly depression or anxiety. In many settings, suicide is among the leading causes of death among young people

Mental well-being is fundamental to good quality of life. Happy and confident adolescents are most likely to grow into happy and confident adults, who in turn contribute to the health and well-being of nations (2). Emotional health and well-being among young people have implications for self-esteem, behaviour, attendance at school, educational achievement, social cohesion and future health and life chances

Mental Health Atlas

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World Health Organization

Overview

The WHO Mental Health Atlas 2011 represents the latest estimate of global mental health resources available to prevent and treat mental disorders and help protect the human rights of people living with these conditions.

It presents data from 184 WHO Member States, covering 98% of the world’s population. Facts and figures presented in Atlas indicate that resources for mental health remain inadequate.

The distribution of resources across regions and income groups is substantially uneven and in many countries resources are extremely scarce. Results from Atlas reinforce the urgent need to scale up resources and care for mental health within countries.

Policy brief 12: Better information for better mental health: Developing Mental Health Information Systems in Africa

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Department for International Development (DFID)
The Mental Health and Poverty Project (MHaPP) is a 5- year study of mental health policy development and implementation in 4 African countries: Ghana, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia. Following broad situation analyses in each of the four countries, three areas of intervention were identified:
1. improving policies, plans and legislation for mental health
2. mental health information systems (MHIS) and

South African Health Review (SAHR)

Since 1995, the South African Health Review (SAHR) has been one of Health Systems Trust’s annual publications, and has long been widely read and viewed as an authoritative and comprehensive resource offering a South African perspective on prevailing local and international public health issues. 
 
The SAHR provides both current and longer-term analysis and assessment of health policy developments and their implementation in South Africa, and monitors changes and challenges in the provision of equitable and accessible health care in the country.
 
With effect from January 2014, the SAHR is officially accredited as a peer-reviewed journal, increasing its prestige in South Africa and abroad as a

Guide to Measuring Client Satisfaction

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Health Systems Trust

A collaborative project between the National Department of Health and the Initiative for Sub-district Support, as part Health Systems Trust

The main objective in undertaking this research study is to develop an instrument that will measure the satisfaction levels of clients utilising hospitals in South Africa. The client satisfaction tool (CS Tool) included in this guide drew on the experience of measuring client satisfaction at two district hospitals, East Griqualand and Usher Memorial Hospital in Kokstad and Gordonia Hospital in Upington. Experience was also drawn from a number of international studies, particularly from Ghana, the United States of America and the United Kingdom.

Mental Health Services Research Review

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Health Systems Trust
South Africa has undergone major changes in the last decade. These have had an impact on health systems and services in the country. Mental Health is an area that has been underdeveloped, under-resourced and lacked priority in the past. With political transformation, mental health has been prioritised and there has been extensive policy development in the field of mental health. There is a concern however, that implementation is lagging behind, and that there are significant obstacles in the way of effective implementation.

Mental Health Services Research Review - Proceedings of the Dissemination Workshop held on 20 June 2001

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Health Systems Trust
BACKGROUND AND INTRODUCTIONS: The Health Systems Trust has funded a significant number of research projects related to Mental Health Services since its inception. There was a perception that there was a lot of duplication of research, and that the findings of research projects were not reaching key stakeholders, and thus not impacting on policy or implementation of services. There was also a lack of any systematic review of the field. With this in mind, the Health Systems Trust commissioned a project to review research that has been conducted in the field of Mental Health Services. The objectives of the project are thus: - To compile and communicate the findings and recommendations of existing research on mental health services to all role-players - To identify gaps in existing work - To make recommendations for future research - To identify obstacles or barriers to the implementation of research recommendations - To facilitate the sharing of information amongst key stakeholders OBJECTIVES OF DISSEMINATION WORKSHOP: 1. To confirm a mental health services research agenda for the Health Systems Trust (and possibly also for Essential National Mental Health Research). 2. To make recommendations for good research practices/processes in mental health services research. 3. To make recommendations for a dissemination strategy for Mental Health Services research that will reach all role players. Fifty key role-players in the mental health services field were invited to attend the dissemination workshop. The invitees were selected in terms of their positions and also in terms of their response to previous contact within the context of this project. There were thirty-eight participants at the workshop.

Mental Health Services: A Review of Southern Africa Literature 1967 - 1999

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Health Systems Trust
This project was undertaken to establish a database of mental health services literature from Southern Africa. This review of the literature indicates that South Africa is similar to many other developing countries in the world, with a considerable burden of mental ill-health and inadequate mental health services, that are in need of transformation. Recommendations for future research, and suggestions for how this particular database and report can be used, are made.

Towards an Integrated Mental Health Service - A situation analysis of the Lower Orange District

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Health Systems Trust
Since 1994, the direction of national policy has been towards the integration of mental health services into the primary healthcare system, thus ending years of segregation and stigmatisation of psychiatric patients. National policy also envisions the development of psychiatric services so as to reflect a broader definition of mental health, incorporating preventive activities and substance abuse services.