THE Health Ministry is modernising mental health laws which are more than 60 years old.
Together with modernising the laws, core services at the country's only mental hospital, St Giles, have been main-lined or decentralised.
Minister Dr Neil Sharma said the current laws were archaic and needed to be modernised.
The Lautoka, Labasa and CWM hospitals now have stress management wards and each ward has five satellite clinics.
For example, the satellite clinic at Lautoka Hospital's stress management ward caters for Sigatoka, Nadi, Ba, Tavua and Rakiraki while Labasa satellite clinic caters for Savusavu, Taveuni, Wainikoro, Seaqaqa and nearby areas.
Dr Sharma said the mental health institute now had more senior staff and postgraduate diploma in mental health studies was also being offered to enhance treatment and service delivery.
"The ministry is also in the advanced stages of constructing a modern mental health teaching and research facility in Fiji which will also cater for the region.
"We are also calling on international donor agencies to come forward and provide assistance in building a 100-bed facility at a completely new site."
Dr Sharma said the ministry was moving away from the "asylum" concept which had been in existence since the establishment of St Giles Hospital.
According to the Health Ministry's website, the hospital was established in 1884. Laws dealing with mental health patients came into force later.