Today is World Mental Health Day, a day to acknowledge our duty to include mental health in our efforts to improve public health.
Ebola survivors have an abundance of medical and psychological problems: musculoskeletal conditions that cause joint stiffness; ocular conditions that can lead to cataracts and blindness; anxiety disorders, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder—to name a few—all of which require specialized medical care. More resources need to be directed to helping survivors get appropriate health care and mental health services.
JSI’s assistance, through the Health Services Project, enabled three new levels of mental health and psychosocial care and support that resulted in programming that is fully integrated into the Acehnese public health system structure, increasing potential for replication.
In Rikuzentakata, Japan, which was affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, there are many efforts taking place to provide mental health care and treatment, including for post-traumatic stress syndrome. One such effort, which has been implemented for the past six years by the Let’s Talk Foundation, has a large number of volunteers who visit the affected areas on a monthly basis to support residents.
Trained individuals with their own personal experience with addiction or mental illness acting as Peer Recovery Specialists (PRS) can be immensely helpful to those navigating the challenges of recovery for the first time. Learn how JSI developed an outcomes tracking system to document their effectiveness in Rhode Island.
A wise man once said, “Without mental health there can truly be no physical health”.
Healthy Amistad, a MEHAF Integration Initiative project, was launched to help people with mental illness improve their physical health through lifestyle changes and helping them to overcome barriers they face in getting medical care.
Mental illness, dementia and other behavioral health conditions in the nursing home are well-recognized challenges in both the clinical and policy arenas. It is estimated that 65-91% of adults in a nursing home have a significant mental disorder, such as depression or dementia. As one of MeHAF’s 43 Integration Initiative grantees, the Northeast Integrated Geriatrics … Continue reading “How integrative care improves life for nursing home patients with mental health diagnoses”
AIDSTAR-One is funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS, and provides rapid technical assistance to USAID and U.S. Government (USG) country teams to build effective, well-managed, and sustainable HIV and AIDS programs, and promotes new leadership in the global campaign against HIV. “First we need ARVs, … Continue reading “Treat the Whole Person: On Mental Health Day, USAID Recognizes the Importance of Mental Health for People Living with HIV”
Melissa Sharer writes about two service models in Vietnam and Uganda — one integrating HIV into mental health services, the other integrating mental health into HIV services. What did we learn when visiting both these sites a world away? People living with HIV (PLHIV) benefit from services that recognize how mental health and physical well-being work together to improve quality of life. Depression and anxiety are just as common among people living with HIV as those without. And when service providers are armed with skills in both mental health and HIV, they can offer holistic, much-needed support to PLHIV.