Methodological, structural and capacity enhancement to support interventions aiming to promote the mental health of the population
Summary of project results
Mental health is gradually gaining more attention at policy level in Hungary, with promotion appearing in a growing number policy instruments. The project itself was a methodological pilot in nature, which was to look into possible ways of promoting mental health in the very proximity of end-users. Hence, it focused on collection of local good practices of mental health promotion as a practical ground in order to constitute a base for policy recommendations to superimpose. To that end the project promoter set up a methodological centre to elaborate guidelines for the definition of best practices to be collected, selected six settlements in various regions of Hungary for the establishment of local mental health centres to reach out to all relevant stakeholders to be involved, analysed international trends and elaborated an in-house scoring system to validate locally collected good practices for their incorporation in an aggregate policy recommendation paper. The latter document was well received by the Ministry of Human Capacities working on the National Mental Health Promotion Strategy (named after Prof. Maria Kopp officially) soon to be tabled before the cabinet. Its findings and specific recommendations have been found worthy to be included in the Strategy paper, and to be implemented through it. The deliverables of the project are to be capitalised on in two other ongoing projects under the relevant development operative programme, an EU-funded national instrument, both aiming at the improvement of mental health services network in Hungary, and overall access to mental care. The project promoter felt the need to deliver something directly to the general public, or to potential public end-users, therefore decided to review the pre-set deliverables and asked for the amendment to the contract, adding to more outputs to be delivered. These are the 1) extension of the mobile application health planner with mental health content, available free of charge in both google play and iOS app store, and the 2) creation of an online/offline knowledge base, a web-browser based platform containing all analyses, studies, policy recommendations, collection of local good practices.
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