|The Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse of WHO visits Argentina|
In his first official visit to
He stressed that innovative activities worldwide scientifically demonstrate the urgency of replacing that type of institution, making mental health policies effectively part of general health policies, permitting hospitalization in general hospitals, and providing care at the first level, in addition to adopting various modes of psychosocial rehabilitation. Dr. Saraceno mentioned that alcohol and depression are not just mental health problems but they are among the five leading general health problems and they are no more expensive to treat than other problems that affect people’s health if a community approach is adopted. He noted that
During his brief visit, Benedetto Saraceno held a meeting with the Federal Board of Justice, Human Rights and Mental Health, where he was received by Eduardo Duhalde,
The distinguished visitor also met with members of the Board of Directors of the Psychiatrists’ Association of Argentina (APSA) and shared his thoughts with the national news media, including radio La Colifata, which is coordinated by people with mental illness.
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