About this webinar
Integration of mental health into primary health care is in line with comprehensive integrated care and holds the best promise for increasing access to mental health services in resource-scarce settings. However, a significant challenge facing the global mental health community is how to implement and scale-up evidence-based task sharing interventions within routine primary health care (PHC) services. The COVID-19 pandemic, having foregrounded mental health as an essential part of healthy lives, has made addressing this challenge a matter of urgency given increased demand for mental health services.
In this lecture, Professor Inge Petersen, public mental health psychologist and Principal Investigator of the Southern African Mental health INTegration (SMhINT) research consortium, shares the use of a three-pronged approach that adopts implementation science, technical support and systems strengthening to bring evidence-based task sharing interventions for common mental disorders into routine primary health care services in the province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.
Prof Inge Petersen is the Director of the Centre for Rural Health, College of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal. Prof Petersen leads & participates in a number of research consortiums focused on closing the treatment gap for mental disorders in South Africa and other LMICs.
Maggie is currently the communications and research uptake officer for ASSET (NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Health System Strengthening in Sub-Saharan Africa) as well as the Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health (CPMH).
The CPMH grew out of a shared vision and commitment to collaboration between members of the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at the University of Cape Town (UCT), and the Psychology Department at Stellenbosch University (SU).
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