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Seminar on 'Mental Health, Shared Responsibility' in Tunis.

TUNIS (TAP) - "Mental Health, a Shared Responsibility" is the theme of a seminar organised Friday in Tunis, on World Mental Health Day. Managing Director at the Public Health Ministry Mohamed Salah Ben Ammar specified that the seminar is an opportunity to speak openly of mental disorders, their symptoms, prevention and treatment. For his part, World Health Organisation (WHO) representative in Tunisia Stefano Lazzari pointed out that the celebration of this day aims to further raise public awareness about the issues connected to mental health "especially as mental disorders represent a major cause for medical consultation in Tunisian first-line facilities." Health, as defined by WHO, is "the state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or disability," he specified. The theme of the World Mental Health Day, "The Great Push: Investing in Mental Health," is an advocacy in favour of promoting mental health, he said, adding that mental disorders represent 13pc of the causes of morbidity in the world. Several themes were on the agenda of this meeting, as "Culture and Mental Health in Tunisia," "From Psychiatry to Mental Health," "Community Mental Health: Approach and Stakes" and "WHO's Approach to Taking Care of Persons with Mental Disorders." Tunisian and French experts and practitioners attended the seminar organised by the Mental Health Promotion Unit stemming from the Public Health Ministry, in partnership with WHO and the Tunisian Psychiatry Association.

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Date:Oct 14, 2011
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