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Advocacy for Mental Health: Mental Health Policy and Service Guidance Package

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Mental health advocacy promotes the human rights of persons with mental disorders and works to reduce stigma and discrimination. Advocacy consists of various actions aimed at changing the structural and attitudinal barriers to achieving positive mental health outcomes in populations.

Advocacy is considered to be one of the eleven areas for action in any mental health policy because of the benefits that it produces for people with mental disorders and
their families.

This World Health Organization article thoroughly discusses the principal elements and benefits of advocacy, and offers proactive and concrete suggestions to put mental health advocacy into practice.

This course is based on the reading-based online, Advocacy for Mental Health: Mental Health Policy and Service Guidance Package created by World Health Organization (WHO) in 0.


World Health Organization

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World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

This World Health Organization (WHO) document was produced under the direction of Dr. Michelle Funk, Coordinator, Mental Health Policy and Service Development, and supervised by Dr. Benedetto Saraceno, Director, Department of Mental Health and Substance Dependence, World Health Organization. The World Health Organization also gratefully acknowledges the work of Dr. Alberto Minoletti, Ministry of Health, Chile, who prepared this module.

Course Creator

Keith Gibson, Ph.D.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, nurses, and other interested professionals who seek knowledge about mental health advocacy. This course would also be appropriate for administrators who are interested in promoting mental health advocacy. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe mental health advocacy and explain the benefits of advocacy.

  2. Identify the barriers to mental health.

  3. Identify potential barriers and solutions for supporting advocacy.

  4. Define the roles of different groups in mental health advocacy.

  5. Identify the principle steps for supporting advocacy activities with stakeholders in mental health advocacy, including health professionals, families, and the general population.

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Course Retired
Course Number 101954
4 credit hours
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  • Reading-Based Online
Exam Fee: No Longer Available
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