The Guyanese people, regardless of age, gender, socio-economic status, religion, ethnic or cultural background, will enjoy optimal mental health through the promotion of mental health for all and the recovery from mental disorders.
To provide effective, evidence-driven, equitable and accessible mental health care which upholds human and civil rights, is fully integrated into the health care system and is delivered, at all levels of care, by appropriately and adequately trained skilled and motivated personnel.
- Promote the mental health of the population, reducing the burden of diseases caused by mental problems and mental disorders.
- Promote and protect the human and civil rights of the mentally ill and ensure consumer rights.
- Provide equitable access to quality evidence-based mental health care and services to all people in Guyana including vulnerable populations (i.e., women, children, the elderly, indigenous peoples, people with physical or mental disability, the homeless, etc.), by defining a package of services and integrating the services at all levels of the public health system
- Ensure health care providers are adequately trained to provide primary health care level care (first responder type of mental health services) and more specialized care at higher levels of the health system.
- Link the mental health service with the general health sector, ensuring community participation and access, and link the mental health services with other sectors, particularly with the social security services and justice system.
- Provide an appropriate comprehensive range of therapeutic hospital and community-based treatments with a focus on the rehabilitation and recovery from mental illness and dental distress.
- Provide appropriate standard setting, accountability and monitoring and evaluation of the mental health services in Guyana.