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Community Based Mental Health Care – An Introduction

Join us on the Wednesday, 9th February 2022 from 9 am to 3 pm (CEST) for a one-day orientation on Community Based Mental Health Care hosted by the IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support. This orientation is for staff and volunteers from Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies and others working with mental health and psychosocial support in humanitarian settings.  

There is a wide gap between people who could benefit from care and support for mental health conditions and those who are able to access appropriate social care and mental health services. An estimated two thirds of people affected by mental health conditions do not receive treatment, even in high-income countries. In this introduction to community based mental health care we will explore the mental health gap and current strategies and research being used and recommended to address this. We will discuss what can be done within families and communities to promote mental health, how to support people living with mental health conditions and how lay persons can be trained and supervised to deliver low-cost, low-intensity, scalable psychological interventions in a stepped care approach. Stepped care is a person-centred, staged approach to the delivery of mental health services, that includes a hierarchy of interventions—from the least to the most intensive—matched to the individual's needs. Scalable psychological interventions are ones that can be offered to many more people than regular psychological treatments, and reach is therefore scaled up.  

Learn more about Scalable psychological interventions before the orientation event by listening to the 25-minute podcast with our Technical Advisor Sarah Harrison in our podcast series Heartbeat of humanity.

 Topics covered 

The one-day orientation on community mental health care will focus on three main topics: 

  1. An introduction to mental health and mental health problems 
  2. The role of families and communities in addressing the mental health gap 
  3. Scalable psychological interventions 

Dates, deadlines and other important information 

  • The orientation will take place on Wednesday 9th February 2022 from 9 am to 3 pm.  
  • Deadline for registration is Friday 4 February 2022.
  • Registrations take place through our online registration system

 Questions 

Please, direct any questions to psacademy@rodekors.dk