Ordem dos Psicólogos

10 Proposals to the Government for Better Mental Health in Portugal


The President of the Portuguese Psychologists Association sent a letter to six portuguese ministers with 10 proposals to improve the Portuguese population’s mental health. This was one of the initiatives on World Mental Health Day, celebrated on October 10th.

• Revitalize society's involvement through the reform of national and regional Mental Health Councils.
• Establish a national mental health and well-being observatory.
• Set a target percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for investment in mental health.
• Create an investment plan for human resources in the National Health Service (NHS).
• Ensure the permanent presence of psychologists in schools.
• Implement recommended changes by the Directorate-General of Health regarding the composition of occupational health teams, including psychologists.
• Fulfill the commitments made in the 2023 State Budget to provide conditions for the effective hiring of psychologists by Higher Education Institutions.
• Review the actual model of intervention programs based on scientific evidence.
• Increase the available resources and expedite the achievement of the goal to eliminate homelessness through social reintegration.
• Strengthen mental health services and support in primary care.

Letter here