Thirty-ninth session


Preventions of Mental, Neurological and Psychosocial Disorders

         The Regional Committee,

         Having considered the report of the Regional Director on prevention of mental, neurological and psychosocial disorders;*

         Recalling resolutions WHA39.25 on prevention of mental, neurological and psychosocial disorders and WPR/RC36.R17 on mental health;

         Concerned that mental, neurological and psychosocial disorders are assuming greater magnitude in the Region;

         Stressing the importance of taking into consideration the psychosocial aspects of health and development programmes;

         Conscious of the determinant role of behaviour in the promotion of health;

         Considering it to be essential to ensure that appropriate mental health action is included in national socioeconomic development plans;

  1. URGES Member States:
    (1) to accord increased attention to the magnitude of mental, neurological and psychosocial problems such as suicide, alcohol and drug abuse and mental handicap;
    (2) to formulate or strengthen national policies and programmes to develop measures for the prevention of mental, neurological and psychosocial problems;
    (3) to develop an appropriate information system on which to base the research activities necessary for planning and evaluating mental health programmes;
    (4) to carry out training activities as necessary for the implementation of national mental health programmes;
  2. REQUESTS the Regional Director:
    (1) to intensify cooperation with Member States in formulating or strengthening and in implementing national mental health policies and programmes;
    (2) to establish mechanisms and undertake action that will enable Member States to learn from each other and mutually support the development of mental health programmes.

* WPR/RC39/13

16 September 1988

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