Technical assistance

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Technical assistance to relevant French speaking countries in implementing their mental health local councils in coordination with WHO.

The WHOCC launched a program to support the development and reinforcement of mental health local councils (Conseils Locaux de Santé Mentale, CLSM) with initial support of the Interministerial Delegation for the City (DIV) and the Agency for Social Cohesion and Equal Opportunities (Acsé) for period 2007-2012. This program was renewed in 2014 by the ACSE and the General Delegation of Health (DGS).

Professionals and organizations involved in the field of mental health are fragmented and scattered. The main challenges are to organize consistent levels of support and integration of care, to enable the understanding of mental disorders, and to facilitate users navigation of the system by organizing access to health care for all and fighting against the stigma surrounding mental disorders. Mental health local councils begin to unfold in France and may be the tool of this global process.

Starting with fifteen operational CLSM in 2005, their total number has now reached a hundred and sixty, and sixty more are currently being created.


• Methodological support to local and regional authorities, associations of users and carers, psychiatric sectors, regional health agencies... (CLSM creation, support for sustainability, tips for writing a specification...)
• Establishment of a national network of CLSM


Local actions:
• On-site intervention: presentation of the CLSM approach to local stakeholders, and attendance to preparatory workshops
• Transmission of documents: tools (conventions, charters...), contacts
• Proofreading and practical tips

National actions:
• Inventory and CLSM Data capitalization (shares and tools that have been implemented)
• Establishment of guidelines / recommendations
• Promoting the CLSM approach in national and international conferences, writing articles
• Website: News CL
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• Organization of national gatherings