15-16 December, 2008, a workshop on promotion of mental health and prevention of psychiatric disorders was held in Panama City. The workshop received technical support from PAHO and was inaugurated by Dr. Cirilo Lawson, General Director of Public Health for the Ministry of Health. The workshop was targeted at professionals in mental health, education, and health promotion from different regions of the country so as to create a national strategy in this area. In the workshop, different approaches in educational settings, employment and health services were analyzed. The National Program of Mental Health of the Ministry of Health will develop a document on promotion and prevention in the field of the mental health that will compile scientific evidence available at the world-wide level and the previous experiences that Panama has had. This document will be available in 2009 for discussion and consensus among the different implied actors.