Belize National Mental Health Policy

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The Belize Mental Health Policy 2023 - 2028 provides a framework for delivering the best possible mental health care to Belize’s population. This aligns with the vision of the Belize Health Sector Strategic Plan (2014-2024) and the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) regional and international commitments. The Strategic Plan of the MOHW envisions “a healthy, empowered, productive population supported by an effective network of quality services and effective partnerships for wellness." Additionally, the vision of the Belize National Plan of Action for the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases 2013-2023 is to “Improve the wellness of Belizeans through the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases and their risk factors." These plans undoubtedly include mental health. Additionally, at the 65th World Health Assembly in May 2012, Resolution WHA65.4 was adopted. This resolution considers the global burden of mental disorders and the need for a comprehensive, coordinated response from the health and social sectors at the country level. The resulting World Health Organization’s (WHO) Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013–2030 calls on member states to develop, strengthen, keep up to date, and implement national policies, strategies, programs, laws, and regulations relating to mental health within all relevant sectors.