|Latin American Meeting of the Global Forum by the Communitarian Mental Health (Havana, Cuba)|
During the meeting a tribute was held in honor of Dr. Guillermo Barrientos, who passed away in 2006. He was an expert in Cuban and Latin American psychiatry, and he made great contributions to the development of communitarian mental health in our continent. Members of the team that worked with him highlighted his remarkable personality, his commitment to the citizens and his exceptional professional career, including his work as temporary consultant to PAHO. The tribute was attended by companions, friends and family.The thematic axes of the Forum included:
During the activity, a series of recommendations to fortify the mental health care systems of the region was agreed upon. The agreement promoted the application of the lineaments within the 1990 Declaration of Caracas, which still retain full force, and suggested the strengthening and development of a model of communitarian care. Within this framework was the recommendation for prompting human resource development processes in mental health based on the communitarian model of services and with an emphasis on human rights. Also discussed was the important role that patients and relatives of people with mental disorders can play in the community in defending the cause and modifying attitudes toward mental disease.
In the end it was considered opportune to appeal to the Governments, Non-Governmental Organizations, and International Agencies for their support of the development of countries’ mental health programs.