This year, the Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) will discuss the Strategy and plan of action on epilepsy. This has special significance since it is the first time the issue of epilepsy will be addressed by the ministers of health of the Region.
A workshop on the National Strategy on Mental Health was held in
Guatemala City, on December 8-9, 2010. Rigoberto Rivera, National Mental Health Coordinator, referred to the current situation of the Strategy, and Víctor López to the National Mental Health Survey. Both presentations led to a discussion about the mental health care context in the country.
On 2 December 2010, the President of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, enacted the law number 26,657. This event was attended by the Minister of Health, Juan Luis Manzur; the Chief Cabinet, Aníbal Fernández; the former congressman and author of the project, Leonardo Gorbacz; the National Director of Mental Health, Yago Di Nella; PAHO/WHO Deputy Director, Socorro Gross; PAHO/WHO Representative in Argentina, Antonio Pagés, and Hugo Cohen, PAHO/WHO Subregional Adviser on Mental Health for South America, among others.
Between 11 and 13 January, the Mental Health programs of the Ministry of Health (MINSA) and of the Social Security Fund (CSS), together with PAHO/WHO, organized a workshop for trainers on tobacco use cessation skills. The purpose of the workshop was to train general practitioners, psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses and social workers responsible for the cessation clinics that MINSA and CSS are establishing in the fourteen health regions of the country.
The International Conference on Community Mental Health was organized by the NGO Christian Blind Mission (CBM) in
Cochabamba, in late 2010. The Conference was sponsored by the Ministry of Health and Sports of Bolivia, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) local office, the Association of Psychologists and the Bolivian Society of Psychiatry.
Some of the main conclusions are expressed in the International Conference Declaration (only in Spanish) reached by consensus among all participants after two days of intensive collaborative work.
Master’s Degree in Mental Health, National University of Córdoba, Argentina
The Master’s Degree in Mental Health was approved in 2010 by the National University of Córdoba and the National Commission for University Evaluation and Accreditation of Argentina (CONEAU - Comisión Nacional de Evaluación y Acreditación Universitaria). The course begins on March 10, 2011.
The cooperative firm “El Bolsón Mental Health Social Enterprise” was selected as concessionaire for the visitors’ services at “Cabeza de Indio” (Indian’s Head), a recreational area in El Bolsón,
Río Negro, in the Argentine Patagonia. Thus, this social enterprise adds a new venture to its other activities already addressing community mental health care: Cerro Perito Moreno Mountain Refuge, the Municipal Sports Hall restaurant, and catering services for parties and meetings.
This newsletter will be published by the World Health Organization’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse twice a year. The purpose of the mhGAP Newsletter is to keep you up to date with what's happening in WHO mental health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP). This programme aims at scaling up care for priority mental, neurological and substance use disorders especially in low- and middle-income countries.
For further information, please visit: www.who.int/mental_health/mhgap/en/
mhGAP Intervention Guide Video
The Spanish version of WHO mhGAP Programme Intervention Guide video is already available on PAHO/WHO website.
Diploma in Mental Health Law and Human Rights 2011-2012
The Indian Law Society (ILS) in
India, in collaboration with the World Health Organization, announced the opening of admissions to the International Diploma in Mental Health Law and Human Rights for the 2011-2012 academic year.
Mental Health and Substance Use, 2011 Annual Essay Competition
Mental Health and Substance Use, a journal published by Routledge & Psychology Press, organizes its Annual Essay Competition for students who are undertaking, or have recently completed a mental health and substance use course at any level of study. The closing date is December 1, 2011. For more information visit: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/pdf/2011_essay_competition_instructions.pdf
Experiencia de protección y cuidado de la salud mental de la población afectada por el terremoto y tsunami del 27 de febrero de 2010 en Chile
A publication of the Representation of the Pan American Health Organization / Regional Office of the World Health Organization (PAHO / WHO) in
Chile. First edition: November, 2010. (Only in Spanish).
La salud mental en Centroamérica y R. Dominicana
Número monográfico. Cuadernos de Psiquiatría Comunitaria. Spanish Association of Neuropsychiatry. (only in Spanish).
Editorial Committee: Jorge Rodríguez, Hugo Cohen, Víctor Aparicio, Maristela Monteiro, Maria Florencia Di Masi and Martha Koev
PAHO’s Mental Health Bulletin is published bimonthly in English and Spanish.
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