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SMAD. Revista eletrônica saúde mental álcool e drogas

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VENTURA, Carla Aparecida Arena; MENDES, Isabel Amélia Costa; ZANARDO, Ana Beatriz Rizzo  e  SILVA, Ítalo Rodolfo. World Health Organization guidelines related to human resources in mental health. SMAD, Rev. Eletrônica Saúde Mental Álcool Drog. (Ed. port.) [online]. 2021, vol.17, n.3, pp. 78-87. ISSN 1806-6976.

OBJECTIVE: to evaluate, based on key documents, the scope, potential and challenges for the performance of human resources in the mental health area. METHOD: documentary, descriptive research, carried out based on the analysis of three public domain documents, considered central to the formulation of policies and programs in the mental health area, proposed and approved in the context of WHO and, therefore, applicable to all its member countries. The analytical categories were formulated from the analysis by comparing the data. RESULTS: in a context in which most countries with low and medium income have few trained and available human resources, the documents demonstrate that the Brazilian reality is not isolated, but a reflection of a culture centered on a predominantly biomedical model in health and also in mental health. CONCLUSION: the documents demonstrate the weaknesses of mental health services worldwide and the challenges experienced by human resources in this area, since many professionals do not have the appropriate training or are not attracted to work in mental health.

Palavras-chave : Mental Health; Mental Health Assistance; Workforce; Personnel Management.

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