Gulbenkian Global MH Platform
The Gulbenkian Global Mental Health Platform was an initiative promoted by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and jointly conducted with the Department of Mental Health of the NOVA Medical School/Faculdade de Ciências Médicas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, with the technical collaboration of the World Health Organization.
The Gulbenkian Global Mental Health Platform aimed to contribute to the global debate on mental health in order to improve global mental health treatment and services. To attain this goal, the Gulbenkian Platform decided to contribute to the global debate on five relevant health issues:
- The links between mental disorders and noncommunicable diseases
- The need for a radical shift from an hospital-based to a community-based mental health care model
- The promotion of human rights for people with mental health disabilities
- The links between social determinants and mental ill health
- The access to and use of psychotropic medicines
A series of thematic papers were published and country workshops were conducted in Brazil, Cabo Verde, Georgia, India and Portugal. The papers that were co-produced by the Gulbenkian Global Mental Health Platform and the World Health Organization were:
- Integrating the response to mental disorders and other chronic diseases in health care systems
- Innovation in deinstitutionalization: a WHO expert survey
- Social determinants of mental health
- Promoting rights and community living for children with psychosocial disabilities
- Improving access to and appropriate use of medicines for mental disorders
- Policy options on mental health: a WHO-Gulbenkian Mental Health Platform collaboration
The Gulbenkian Global Mental Health Platform has finished its activities, which will be continued by the Lisbon Institute of Global Mental Health, with the support of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.