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Rethinking Mental Health

Rethinking Mental Health

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The George Washington University School of Public Health
 
And
 
Health Services
 
The final paper of 
 
Alexandru Paziuc
 
RethinkingMental Health
 
AndCommunity Center
 
For Development, Integration and
 
Surveillance in Mental Health
 
June , 2004
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Contents
 
1. Introduction
 
2. Why mental health and mental illness
 
3. Defining mental health and mental illness
 
4. Causes of mental illness
 
5. The American models:
 
6. The Romanian experiences
 
7. The SWOT analysis
 
8. Solutions
 
9. Conclusions
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Rethinking Mental Health
Community Center for Develop, Integration and Surveillance in Mental HealthThe paper proposes to describe why it is necessary rethinking mental health and offer models and new waysto realize it.In first chapter I tried to prove why mental health and mental illnesses have to become an important issue onnational and international agenda. Offering some definition you will see how difficult is to define mentalhealth and mental illnesses. Describing biological, psychological and socials causes, and also somemechanism will see how complex is mental health and mental illnesses and necessity to have an integrative point of view at all of this. Americans models for community mental healthcare services impress byorganization, support, and outcomes.We will continue to describe and analyze the efforts and changes that have taken place in mentalhealthcare services in the post-communist period at Campulung Moldovenesc, Bucovina. We will then refer to how we started and continue to build a new image for the mental healthcare services in the community. Inaddition, we will illustrate our attempts at changing stigma, the mentality, the stereotypes and the negativesocial behaviors toward “taboo” subjects such as mental health and mental disorder, psychiatric hospital andcommunity mental healthcare services and people with mental disorders. In this process, we will describehow consumers, organized into an NGO, played and will continue to play an important role. They proved thatthey are more interested in changes, and that they can do it. We will try to underline the ways in whichrelationships evolved between professionals and beneficiaries of the psychiatric services, families andvolunteers from the community, and how they managed to work together to build a cohesive team in which1

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