Healthy People Consortium Meeting
"Implementing Healthy People 2010"
November 11, 2000
Summary of Breakout Group Discussion Concerning:
Mental Health and Mental Disorders
Eliminate stigma toward mental illness and the mental health profession.
Improve quality of life for people with SMI--housing, transportation, and resources.
Eliminate the view that divides mental from physical health, prevention from treatment, SMI from primary-care-level mental health, and
substance abuse from other mental health problems.
Address mental health and prevention.
Include private providers among the field's data and information sources.
Provide better treatment and coordinated treatment with the range of needed services.
Provide adequate funding; State, Medicare, Medicaid payments for prevention. Apply parity effectively. Have universal coverage.
Put people in treatment rather than in prison.
Solve data and surveillance problems; have good disease burden data.
Involve the community and consumers from the start.
Address cultural competence and apply culturally appropriate action throughout activities. Recognize and take account of cultural differences, including in the definitions of illness and in stressors.
Address all relevant disparities, including age, gender, and all other cultural differences.
Make effective use of community contact points, such as hairdressers, grocery cashiers, and universities.
Offer a continuum of care, multiple services, coordinated help, and circles of care at sites that provide health services.
Share universally the experience and understanding of mental health issues and discrimination.
Examine interdisciplinary approaches, coordinate activity, and cross-fertilize ideas. Address all the areas
involved--substance abuse, medical side effects, physical causes, psychosomatic issues, stressors.
Give help respectfully. Use positive communication: address protective as well as risk factors; address mental heath issues as normal, everyday matters.
End stigmatized portrayals of consumers, providers, and caregivers in the media.
Increase positive, informative reporting on mental health issues.
Use existing opportunities such as women's magazines; help them be more accurate.
Publicize what people should look for and what they should tell the doctor.
Use the media's power as image makers; media are crucial because of the stigma issue.
Use the Web sites of those of us who are joined in this effort: www.4women.com
and agency sites, for example. Have sites that inform the media.
Examine the prevention aspect associated with all changes.
Washington Business Group on Health
South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control
American Therapeutic Recreation Association.
Center for Child Well-Being
HHS Region II Office of Women's Health-New York City
American Occupational Therapy Association
Louisiana Office of Public Health
Jewish Home and Hospital; State Society on Aging of New York
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
American Academy of Physician Assistants
Marion E. Primas
Arizona Department of Health Services
DHHS/Region I Office of Women's Health
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