New report examines pharmacists' evolving role in mental health care

A new report from the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) “Focus on Mental Health: The Contribution of the Pharmacist,” was published on Oct. 9, which was World Mental Health Day.

The report examines the growing roles that pharmacists and their national associations are taking on in mental health care, including health promotion, early detection, triage, optimizing treatment outcomes, education, shaping public policies, research and inter-professional practice.

“It is becoming increasingly recognized that a comprehensive approach is needed in mental health care. This document helps to identify pharmacists as an important, yet underused, resource that can provide tremendous support to meet current and future challenges related to mental health,” Luc Besançon, FIP's CEO and general secretary, said. “With this report, FIP encourages pharmacists and their associations, as well as stakeholders, to work toward good mental health around the globe.”

In the report, FIP cited many examples of pharmacy-led mental health activities from around the world.

“This FIP ‘Focus on Mental Health’ report provides excellent examples of how pharmacists and pharmaceutical organizations are making a practical difference to mental health care, and we urge others to come on board and be active partners,” Gabriel Ivbijaro, president-elect of the World Federation for Mental Health, said.

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