[Series] Ask the Policy Expert: National suicide prevention strategies

In the WHO Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020, the global target 3.2 is on the reduction of country level suicide rates by 10% by the year 2020. National strategies or action plans recognize suicide as a public health problem and signal the commitment of governments to tackle the issue.

This webinar featured presentations from: Professor Ella Arensman, Director of Research, National Suicide Research Foundation, Ireland; President, International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and Dr Yeshi Wangdi, Deputy Chief Programme Officer, National Suicide Prevention Programme (NSPP), Department of Public Health, Ministry of Health, Thimphu, Bhutan.

It was moderated by Dr. Alexandra Fleischmann, Scientist, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, World Health Organization.

About the "Ask the Policy Expert" webinar series

WHO’s comprehensive mental health action plan 2013-2020 was adopted by the 66th World Health Assembly. The four major objectives of the action plan are to:

  1. Strengthen effective leadership and governance for mental health
  2. Provide comprehensive, integrated and responsive mental health and social care services in community-based settings
  3. Implement strategies for promotion and prevention in mental health
  4. Strengthen information systems, evidence and research for mental health

Each "Ask the expert" webinar in the series will focus on country level implementation of one of the mental health action plan objectives. Through this series, we aim to learn more about the approaches used by policy makers to implement mental health programs and how policy makers are aiming to achieve the action plan targets.

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Policy and legislation
Prevention and promotion
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