A conference in Hanoi on March 27 sought to develop an equitable social support system for people with mental disorders.

The event was jointly organised by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) and the Atlantic Philanthropies (AP) in Vietnam – an organisation focusing mainly on supporting people’s access to health care services.

Participants proposed that in the coming time, the MOLISA should pay more attention to building a complete legal system supporting mentally ill people and designing adequate policies to those involving in the care of these patients.

The ministry should also work closely with other authorised agencies to organise training courses for officials and the staff working in nursing houses as well as medical workers at local healthcare stations to better care the patients, they said.

The conference reviewed the implementation of a project to assist the development of social support system and functional rehabilitation for people with mental disorders in the 2013-2015 period.

With technical assistance provided by the project, 26 social support centres nationwide have taken care and given rehabilitation services to more than 10,000 people with mental disorders.-VNA