The Five Year Mental Health Strategy envisions a number of activities (training of specialists, needs assessment and creation of community centers) that will allow achieving such progress to satisfy those in charge of this field and the families of people with mental issues.
In April 2014 the Government has approved the 2014-2019 Strategy of Maintaining and Improving Mental Health in Armenia. Those in charge of this issue have done substantial amount of work and they believe that adopting this Strategy is very important for Armenia.
“The main objective of the Strategy is the protection of rights of people with mental health issues, their socialization and overcoming the castaway/pariah stigma,”said today Suren Chromyan, the head of staff of the Ministry of Health, at the discussion initiated by the Media Center. He emphasized that they had defined the Strategy not as a psychiatric aid program but as a program aiming to maintain mental health with its primary objective being prevention of related issues.
On May 7 the Media Center hosted a discussion on the 2014-2019 Strategy Concept of Maintaining and Improving Mental Health. Speaker included: Jolt Bugarski, international expert on mental health issues, Hungary, OSF, Anahit Gevorgyan, deputy head of the Unit on the Issues of the Disabled and the Elderly under the staff of the RA Ministry of Labor and Social Issues, Suren Chromyan, the head of staff of the Ministry of Health, Armen Soghoyan, the head of Armenian Psychiatric Association.