Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. This category does not include the mental disorders that we evaluate under anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders (12.06), and cognitive impairments that result from neurological disorders, such as a traumatic brain injury, which we evaluate under neurocognitive disorders (12.02).
Basically, someone can be said to be suffering from a mental illness when they are experiencing alterations in their moods, in their behaviour and in how they think and feel about themselves and the world around them, or a combination of all of these, to such an extent that they become distressed or have an impaired ability to function normally on a day to day basis.
My first involvements with PAVO were when Freda Lacey was in this role, and I was one of the people who participated in things she invited us to. There were events around ‘service user’ and ‘carer’ representation , an anti-social behaviour and mental health research project , and sometimes conferences too.
Alternatively, the behavioral health industry’s proactive engagement with criminal justice could create collaboration instead of chaos and lead to thoughtful changes and strategies that result in real improvements at both the systems and individual levels – not only to make the best use of dwindling dollars but to create stronger, more efficient, more effective, and more humane systems in the long run.
If a government, for example, wishes to develop a new mental health policy in line with international human rights standards it can – on the new platform – quickly get an overview about the policies of other countries and benefit from their experiences and an array of international guidance tools and resources, explains Nathalie Drew, WHO Technical Officer working on mental health and human rights.