April 30, 2020
This section covers information about mental health stigma, access and treatment, and provides recommendations for employers and resources on NGOs/National Campaigns in Italy.
The National Health Service provides all health care free of charge to Italian citizens.14
- Italy was among the first countries to deinstitutionalize mental health care and hasa relatively low number of psychiatric beds for its population compared to similar nations.35
- Care is provided by the National Health Service in the community. There are nospecific psychiatric hospitals in the country.36,37
- Multidisciplinary teams of psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers,educators and occupational therapists within local health units coordinate prevention,care and rehabilitation efforts.
- Generally mental health care is not part of primary care except in a few regions of the country, where primary care doctors have treated uncomplicated cases of milder mental health conditions.37
- Because the provision of mental health care takes place at the regional and local levels, there are marked differences in access and quality across the country.38
Snapshot of the Health System Landscape
Mental hospital beds: 8.96 per 100,000 population.
Government mental health spend as % of total health spend
National health insurance or reimbursement scheme includes the care and treatment of persons with major mental disorders (defined as psychosis, bipolar disorder, depression).*
Total mental health workers: 55.72 per 100,000 population
The majority of persons pay nothing (fully insured) for mental health services at the point of service.
Government-adopted or national policy for suicide prevention strategy
Addressing Mental Health in Italy
Introduction & Full GuideAddressing Mental Health From a Global and Local Perspective
Part 1Think Global: Strategies that Multinational Employers Use Worldwide
Part 2Act Local: How Access, Stigma and Coverage Vary in Key Markets and Their Impact on Employer Offerings
Part 3Addressing Mental Health in China
Part 4Addressing Mental Health in France
Part 5Addressing Mental Health in India
Part 6Addressing Mental Health in Italy
Part 7Addressing Mental Health in Japan
Part 8Addressing Mental Health in Mexico
Part 9Addressing Mental Health in South Africa
Part 10Addressing Mental Health in Spain
Part 11Addressing Mental Health in United Kingdom
Part 12Addressing Mental Health in United Arab Emirates
Part 13Mental Health Guide: Example Employer Tools and Resources
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