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Prompts and further information are included at the end of most chapters to stimulate discussion and to help PHOs develop their own mental health plan. All prompts are listed in the worksheet for PHOs to use when developing their mental health plan (see chapter 12). This toolkit does not replicate previous policy documents in the primary, mental health or public health arenas. Also, it does not set out to describe clinical best practice guidelines for common mental health problems, but to act as a catalyst for the development of mental health care services. Further information World Health Organization. 2001. World Health Report 2001: Mental health: New understanding, new hope . World Health Organization.
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Primary Health Organisations: 5 Service development toolkit for mental health services in primary health care 2 Context Mental health is more than the mere absence of mental illness. It is about a person’s psychological, social and behavioural functioning within their world and their sense of ease with this. It encompasses a person’s feelings, coping strategies and satisfaction with the various aspects of their life, and the extent to which their spiritual and cultural needs are met. Improving a person’s mental health depends on the provision of appropriate health services as well as the broader social, economic and cultural environments. The national policy context within which PHOs provide mental health care is described by a range of documents, including: the New Zealand Health Strategy (see Minister of Health 2000) the New Zealand Disability Strategy (see Minister for Disability Issues 2001) the Primary Health Care Strategy (see Minister of Health 2001) the National Mental Health Strategy embodied in Looking Forward (Ministry of Health 1994), Moving Forward (Ministry of Health 1997) and Blueprint for Mental Health Services in New Zealand (Mental Health Commission 1998) Building on Strengths: A Guide for Action (Ministry of Health 2001) Doing Better for New Zealanders: Better Health, Better Participation, Reducing Inequalities (Ministry Of Health 2002) An overview of some of these strategies is in Appendix 2. However, it is well worth reading these strategies in more detail before formulating a mental health care plan.
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6 Primary Health Organisations: Service development toolkit for mental health services in primary health care Further information Adolescent Health Research Group. 2003. New Zealand Youth: A profile of their health and wellbeing . Auckland: University of Auckland. Blount A. 1998. Integrated Primary Care: The future of medical and mental health collaboration . WW Norton & Co Ltd. Epping-Jordan J, Bengoa R, Kawar R, et al. 2001. Editorial: The challenge of chronic conditions: WHO responds. British Medical Journal 323: 947–8. Mental Health Commission. 1998. Blueprint for Mental Health Services in New Zealand: How things need to be . Wellington: Mental Health Commission.
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