Online Program

Voices from the Edge: Mental health in Nepal and South Africa

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 3:30 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.

Amit Makan, M.A, M.Phil, Department of Psychiatry & Mental Health, Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health, Cape Town, South Africa
Persons living with mental health problems, and and their families are often stigmatised by societies. Voices from the Edge is a feature film (47 mins) set in Nepal and South Africa, told from a patient perspective. It takes the viewer on a journey of 2 Nepalese and 2 South African families personal experiences of living with, or supporting a family member living with mental illness. The illnesses that the families are faced with include mental problems associated with substance abuse, depression, schizophrenia and intellectual disability.  Along their journey, they come across traditional healers, health workers and members of the PRIME, working to integrate mental health into the public health system.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Diversity and culture
Ethics, professional and legal requirements
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Explains the impact that mental health stigma has on families and carers Explains the complexity of seeking mental health care in low income, traditional societies such as Nepal Names the link between mental health and poverty Explains the role of traditional healers in providing mental health care Explains the role of training, and community health workers in providing basic mental health care Describes WHO's mhGAP programme Design an evidence-based implementation-oriented research programme or intervention, which includes a range of stakeholders, including policy-makers Describes what the PRogramme for Improving Mental health care does Assesses the potential impact that the research Programme intervention has on service users

Keyword(s): Public health or related research, Provision of health care to the public

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Research Uptake Officer for the PRogramme for Improving Mental health carE, and I have been given the support, funding and mandate from the Programme CEO, Directors and Management Team to direct and produce the film.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.