The Mental Health Office of the Ministry of Public Health (MPH) of Ecuador, with the support of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), held the first “National Conference on Mental Health” to discuss the new Mental Health Care Model.
The model incorporates family- and community-based approaches and strengthens the role of civil society as a complement to mental health services, drawing from the experience of
The discussion was organized as a roundtable featuring Dr. Hernán Chávez, former Mental Health Director of the MPH and Professor at the Central and PUCE universities; Dr. Pablo Picerno, Dean of the
Other participants included Social Movements and Citizen Participation; Martha Monge, Director of FEILADES; and Dr. Ismael Soriano, PAHO Consultant, who served as moderator. Discussion topics included community mental health perspectives, education and training of physicians and clinical psychologists, mental health services, public involvement, and the participation of the system’s users. Five delegates from the Federative Republic of Brazil, psychiatric hospital directors, mental health supervisors from the MPH, and hospital chiefs of psychiatry and mental health services also attended the December 1 event.