Mental health in the Czech Republic: current problems, trends and future developments

Ivan David (Psychiatric hospital, Prague)
Vladimír Kebza (National Institute of Public Health, Prague)
Ivo Paclt (Psychiatric Clinic of the First Medical Faculty, Charles University)
Jiří Raboch (Psychiatric Clinic of the First Medical Faculty, Charles University)
Jaroslav Volf (National Institute of Public Health, Prague)

Journal of Public Mental Health

ISSN: 1746-5729

Publication date: 1 June 2006

Abstract

The Czech Republic suffers many of the problems reported in other Central European and Eastern European countries with respect to the care, treatment and prevention of mental ill health. Most psychiatric care is provided in long‐stay hospitals and the transition to a community‐based service has yet to be made. Mental health services suffer from chronic under‐investment and there is a lack of mental health legislation protecting patients' rights and autonomy. The pressures of transition to a capitalist economy have brought their own problems, in the form of increased rates of addicitions, suicide, and other mental health problems related to social, policitical and economic instability, and there is a pressing need to address the position of mental health within public health services.

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David, I., Kebza, V., Paclt, I., Raboch, J. and Volf, J. (2006), "Mental health in the Czech Republic: current problems, trends and future developments", Journal of Public Mental Health, Vol. 5 No. 2, pp. 43-47. https://doi.org/10.1108/17465729200600018

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