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Mental Health Policy and Strategic Plan for Liberia (2016 – 2021)

Ministry of Health; Republic of Liberia Country Resources Mental Health Policies, Mental Health Strategies and Plans Liberia 2016 Policy document

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The new Mental Health Policy and Strategic Plan for Liberia (2016 – 2021) developed after extensive consultation and now validated will create an efficient, affordable and community based mental health service available to all Liberians. This Mental Health Policy and Strategic Plan for Liberia (2016 – 2021) has been formulated using latest evidenced based information about the huge burden of disease and the economic case for investing in mental health. Liberia is improving its Primary Care Services and Ministry of Health Policies show a commitment to achieving equally high standards in mental health care services.

By 2020 mental illness and substance use disorders will be the number one cause of morbidity and dependency in Liberia and the rest of the world. It has been estimated that for every $1 spent on mental health services the economy benefits by $4. Like most of the resource poor world, in Liberia mental health services are extremely limited. However recent advances offer a unique opportunity to alter this situation. The vision, mission, and goal of the Mental Health Policy and Strategic Plan for Liberia (2016 – 2021) is as follows:

We want to develop a system that promotes recovery/wellness and resiliency. The vision is to develop a comprehensive system of mental health care with robust community-based services. All citizens are entitled to services to support their mental/psychological well-being and to prevent mental health conditions and mental illness.

Individuals with mental health conditions and mental illness are entitled to access to services and supports to address their conditions, ameliorate their suffering and ensure their fullest functioning. These services and supports should be available as close to their homes and communities as possible and support their leading full and productive lives.

To modernize existing services, create new and additional services, recruit and train more skilled staff, and link to both other government and non-government sectors


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