Care for mental health
Adults with long-term mental health problems are provided with institutional care in special social protection institutions offering care, healthcare, assistance and expert treatment.
Good mental health is the foundation of health in general and therefore of social, family and economic stability, social welfare, and the quality of people’s lives. Mental disorders are a significant burden on individuals and their relatives while also representing a great loss and burden for the economic, social and educational systems. Our vision included in the Resolution on the National Mental Health Programme 2018–2028 is to ensure that all residents of Slovenia have the right to maximum mental and physical well-being, to the conditions for developing and exercising all their professional, social, private and family life potentials, and to equal access to quality sources of assistance. Our objective is to strengthen and maintain the good mental health of the population, prevent mental problems and disorders from the earliest period of life to very old age, reduce the stigmatisation of and discrimination against persons with mental disorders, improve the competences of specialist services, and decrease institutionalisation in the field of mental health.
The Social Welfare Act establishes the important institutions of community-based mental-health treatment coordinators, the representative of the rights of persons in the field of mental health, and multidisciplinary teams appointed by social work centres for each individual case. These institutions offer users new experts who will help them reintegrate into their local environment and protect their rights in cases of forced hospitalisation.