WHO Europe launches an on-line consultation on the update of the WHO Comprehensive (Global) Mental Health Action Plan – GMHAP
As determined by the World Health Assembly last year, WHO’s Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020 has been extended to 2030.
The WHO Director General has been requested to propose updates to the appendices of this action plan. The Mental Health Action Plan is found here.
WHO – Europe and Dr Dan Chisholm, Programme Manager for Mental Health / Division of NCDs and Promotion of Health through the Life-course, is inviting Member States, UN organizations, NGOs, private sector entities, academic institutions and philanthropic foundations to participate in a web-based consultation seeking inputs about the update of Appendix 1 (Indicators for measuring progress towards defined targets) and Appendix 2 (Options for implementation) of the Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020-2030.
EAN joined EFNA in taking up on the on-line WHO GMHAP consultation focusing on Appendix 2. .
As a comment on Appendix 2 EAN wrote:
European Academy of Neurology (EAN) would suggest that as WHO work progresses on the implementation of the Mental Health Action Plan in the coming years, WHO strengthens the message on the relevance of neurological diseases, and – rather than “Mental health” uses the term “Brain health” to encompass both psychiatric and neurological diseases. WHO already recognizes that neurological diseases are not only major killers (stroke), but also generators of long-term suffering and disability from sequellae of nervous system lesions and from chronic nervous system disorders. EAN hopes WHO will consider this more in the near future and find an opportunity to develop an aligned plan on “Brain health”.