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The module outlines the stairs to be within the improvement and implementation of a kid and adolescent psychological future health coverage and plan. Its aim is to aid nations to advertise the fit improvement of kids and teenagers.

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A child psychiatric service, for example, may require all family members to be involved in the treatment plan for a child with a mental disorder, but mainly to ensure treatment adherence. In contrast, within a family therapy unit, most of the professional effort may be directed at altering the family structure, with almost no focus on the “index patient” whose problems precipitated referral to the agency. Values refer to intrinsic worth, quality or usefulness. Other values are more specific to cultural, economic and social circumstances, and to roles within the child and adolescent mental health services.

A developmental perspective is needed for an understanding of all mental disorders and for the development of an appropriate mental health policy. A child and adolescent mental health policy should present the values, principles and objectives for improving the mental health of all children and adolescents and reducing the burden of child and adolescent mental disorders in a population. It should define a vision for the future and help establish a model for action. Such a policy would also underscore the priority that a government assigns to child and adolescent mental health in relation to overall health, social and other priorities.

Assuming responsibility for the prevention of psychological, emotional and social harm The health system should be oriented towards reducing risk factors for poor mental health and enhancing protective factors. Promoting healthy development Interventions should aim to promote the healthy development of all children and adolescents Respecting the autonomy of children and adolescents Children and adolescents should be involved in decision- making concerning the development and implementation of services and programmes.

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