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World Mental Health Summit in Buenos Aires: the importance of promoting access to the health system


Ministers of health, mental health experts and representatives of patient associations and civil organizations will meet to share their perspectives and experiences
Ministers of health, mental health experts and representatives of patient associations and civil organizations will meet to share their perspectives and experiences

Buenos Aires receives experts and professionals from the mental health from around the world to celebrate 5th World Mental Health Summit under the motto “Mental health in all policies”(GMHS for its acronym in English), which will be developed in the Kirchner Cultural Center (CCK) between October 5 and 6, 2023.

Organized in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), with the aim of giving continuity to the Summits held in Rome (2022), Paris (2021), Amsterdam (2019) and London (2018), and as a sign of the global commitment to mental health, the Minister of Health of Argentina, Carla Vizzotti, announced during the 4th GMHS in Rome the intention to hold the 5th Summit in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires.

“Our president, Alberto Fernandezhas defined mental health and problematic consumption as a priority issue in public health, with the conviction that there is no health without mental health and that there is no mental health without social justice, without a human and gender rights perspective. .

Under the motto "Mental health in all policies"seeks to integrate different areas of the State and civil society to design public policies that address mental health needs (Getty)
Under the motto “Mental health in all policies”, the aim is to integrate different areas of the State and civil society to design public policies that address mental health needs (Getty)

The Summit will bring together ministers from around the world, international, regional and national experts in mental health, representatives of associations of patients and civil society organizations, more than 500 delegates, representatives of some twenty International organizations and almost 30 countries from all over the world with the aim of strengthening the global action to address key issues related to mental health care.

The GMHS 2023 aims to deepen community mental health interventions in all policies, include mental health and psychosocial support services in national mandates and budgets, develop actions that focus on the key role of the social determinants of mental health and strengthen measures that promote access to healthcare system within the framework of the process of transformation from the asylum model to a community-based one.

After a high-level opening by the President of the Nation, Alberto Fernández, the director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Jarbas Barbosathe director general of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Robert Mardiniand the Minister of Health of Argentina, Carla Vizzotti –which will also have the virtual participation of the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesusand the executive director of UNICEF, Catherine Russell– GMHS 2023 will feature a keynote, two global plenary sessions, one regional plenary session, nine thematic workshops and a panel on mental health in all policies. In addition, the first day will have a cultural closing in the “La Ballena Azul” Symphony Hall.

  GMHS 2023 will take place in person for two days
GMHS 2023 will take place in person for two days

The motto of the summit, “Mental health in all policies” implies putting the different areas of the State, and also civil society, into dialogue, with the aim of reaching a consensus and designing public politics that provide answers to the multiple and complex needs of the population in terms of mental health, always from the paradigm of community mental health and understanding that mental health is an issue for everyone.

Regarding its format, the GMHS 2023 will take place in in-person format for two dayswhich will include a high-level opening, an inaugural conference, two global plenary sessions, one regional plenary session and nine thematic workshops.

Thus, this edition aims to deepen community mental health interventions in all policies, include mental health and psychosocial support services in national mandates and budgets, develop actions that focus on the key role of the social determinants of mental health and strengthen measures that promote access to the health system. health within the framework of the process of transformation from the asylum model to a community-based one.



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