Bulgaria mental health country profile

Int Rev Psychiatry. Feb-May 2004;16(1-2):93-106. doi: 10.1080/09540260310001635140.


The mental health profile of Bulgaria has been compiled and following analysis of both the factual findings and the process of data collection a report has been prepared. The subject of discussion in the paper concerns several major findings: the discrepancy between what the policy documents state and the actual situation in mental health; the organizational culture, which alienates; and the peculiarities of the process of change and how it is driven under political pressure from outside the country. Analysis extends to encompass the influence of the general health reform on the mental health sector, the deficits of the leadership and how they impact on the effectiveness of the system, and the interdependence between the country's economy and the health sector. A conclusion is made about the need to consolidate the public health approach using the lever of international collaboration in the field of mental health.

MeSH terms

  • Bulgaria
  • Crime
  • Focus Groups
  • Health Expenditures
  • Health Policy
  • Human Rights / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Humans
  • International Cooperation
  • Leadership
  • Mental Disorders / economics
  • Mental Disorders / therapy*
  • Mental Health Services / economics
  • Mental Health Services / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Mental Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Organizational Culture
  • Prejudice
  • Primary Health Care / organization & administration
  • Religion
  • Social Support
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Stereotyping