The Community mental health centres: Promoting person-centred and rights-based approaches technical package is part of the WHO Guidance and technical packages on community mental health services set of publications. It showcases a selection of community mental health centres that provide a range of care and support outside of institutional settings and in proximity to people’s homes, recognizing the importance of social inclusion and participation in community life. This document provides specific guidance for setting up new community mental health centres that protect and promote human rights.
The WHO Guidance on community mental health services: Promoting person-centred and rights-based approaches is a set of publications that provides information and support to all stakeholders who wish to develop or transform their mental health system and services to align with international human rights standards including the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The main reference document, Guidance on community mental health services: Promoting person-centred and rights-based approaches provides a detailed description of person-centred and human rights-based approaches in mental health, and summary examples of good practice services around the world. It is accompanied by a set of seven technical packages which focus on specific categories of mental health services.