The Interterritorial Council of the National Health System approves the Mental Health Care Plan

The Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, has announced that the plenary session of the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System (CISNS) has approved the Mental Health Action Plan 2022-2024, in coordination with the National Health Service (SNS) Mental Health Strategy.

This plan will be co-financed between the Autonomous Communities and the Ministry of Health and has a budget of 100 million euro, through the General State Budgets, during the years 2022, 2023 and 2024.

This information was transmitted at the meeting with the media held at the La Moncloa Complex after the extraordinary plenary session of the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System (CISNS) held electronically.

In addition, Carolina Darias has valued the reception of 024, the Suicidal Behaviour Attention Line that has been in operation since this Tuesday. In the first 24 hours of operation, of the calls received, more than 1,000 calls have been actively listened to by the expert people who answer the line. In addition, there have been referrals to 112 in several communities as they are high-risk situations.

“Therefore, from the first day of operation of the telephone number, the need and importance of having this resource has become evident. A resource that must continue to be promoted, that must continue to be supported as the Government of Spain does, in this case, with the collaboration, which I want to highlight and underline from the Red Cross”, the minister remarked.

“This 024 line is a commitment from the President of the Government and responds to a demand from society. It is a free, immediate, accessible and confidential line whose primary objective is to provide service and support to all those people with suicidal ideas and their relatives”, explained the Minister of Health, who has also insisted that “this line is part of the public policies that this government of progress is undertaking in terms of Mental Health”.

The minister recalled that mental health is a priority reflected in the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan, as well as in the Opinion of the Commission for Social and Economic Reconstruction.

Both the strategy and the Action Plan arise from consensus with the autonomous communities and cities, scientific societies and citizens through patient and family associations.

The Action Plan consists of 6 strategic lines that are the following:

Line 1: Reinforcement of human resources in mental health.

Line 2: Optimisation of comprehensive mental health care in all areas of the SNS.

Line 3: Awareness and fight against stigmatisation of people with mental health problems with campaigns and training.

Line 4: Prevention, early detection and attention to suicidal behaviour.

Line 5: Addressing mental health problems in contexts of greater vulnerability.

Line 6: Prevention of addictive behaviours with and without substances.

The CISNS session also reviewed the pandemic situation, which continues to be monitored day by day. In this sense, the Minister of Health has reported that, despite the increase in the Cumulative Incidence of recent days, the severity of the identified cases remains at the low levels that led to the modification of the COVID Surveillance and Control Strategy.

“The reduction in severity is reflected in relatively low hospital occupancies, compared to previous periods, despite being in a period with high incidences after Easter,” said the minister.

Darias also shared the vaccination situation in the country, which already has 92.6 percent of people over 12 years of age with a complete schedule, at the same time that 70 million doses were donated to other countries.

Funds for training

The CISNS has also been informed of the Criteria Agreement for the distribution of funds charged to the budget of the Ministry of Health for training. It is a plan of 10 million euro for the years 2021, 2022 and 2023 within the framework of Component 18 of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan.

The goal is for these training plans to reach some 90,000 healthcare professionals and for them to complete at least 360,000 continuous training credits.