Addressing global mental health issues
December 7th, 2009
Worldwide, more than 450 million people live with unmet mental health care needs. In low-income countries, there are often only one or two mental health professionals, as compared to 200 times more doctors and nurses for the same population in high-income countries.
The Mental Health Facilitators Program, launched in 2008, is a first step toward addressing this need. The program sends a team of counselors to towns and villages in other countries to train local people how to recognize mental health issues and make references for professional care. The curriculum for the program was developed by Professor of Counseling Donna Henderson and Scott Hinkle, a clinical training coordinator with the NBCC .