Ministry promotes optimization of mental health services

The ministry continues to encourage the optimization of mental health services, so that people can lead a good quality of life and be mentally healthy.

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Coordinating Ministry of Human Development and Culture continues to encourage the optimization of mental health services to support the improvement of the quality of public health.

“The ministry continues to encourage the optimization of mental health services, so that people can lead a good quality of life and be mentally healthy,” ministry secretary YB Satya Sananugraha remarked during the meeting. event titled “National Deliberation of the Indonesian Health Psychology Association”, accessed here on Friday.

Sananugraha affirmed that the optimization of mental health services aligns with the Mental Health Law No. 18 of 2014.

The Mental Health Act No. 18 of 2014 states that the government shall ensure that everyone leads a prosperous life, both physically and mentally, and can benefit from health services as mandated by the 1945 Constitution.

Therefore, he said, the government is encouraging several regions that still lack mental health facilities to build them.

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“Currently, six provinces in Indonesia – Southeast Sulawesi, Gorontalo, West Papua, West Sulawesi, North Kalimantan and Riau Islands – still do not have a psychiatric hospital,” a- he points out.

To this end, he echoed the government’s commitment to accelerate the construction of mental hospitals in the six provinces.

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“With the existence of mental health institutions in all regions, it is hoped that the treatment of mental health problems can proceed quickly and optimally,” he noted.

The Coordinating Ministry of Human Development and Culture has coordinated with the Ministry of Health to accelerate the construction of mental hospitals in the six provinces and complete the works by 2024.

Additionally, Sananugraha said the ministry has also invited the Indonesian Psychological Association (HIMPSI) to play an active role in supporting the optimization of mental health services in the country.

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