Mental health - CBM research progress
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February 2012 – CBM (with partner organisations worldwide) has recently commissioned several works in the field of mental health research. These are outlined below, and provide a good foundation for future projects that will focus on low income settings, empowerment and inclusion.
Evaluation and progress
Global mental health is going through a dramatic development as a discipline, with a significant rise in activities, particularly in the area of research. CBM, through the work of its Community Mental Health Advisory Working Group, aims not only to utilise this growth of knowledge, but also to set the agenda where we see it necessary to strengthen the particular work we do.
Priorities that CBM brings to the table include a focus on raising the evidence base for implementation of interventions in low income settings, with a focus on the most vulnerable people. We see inclusion of persons with disabilities (and those about whom research is being conducted) in the whole research process as being vital to ensuring that research (and the impact of research) is relevant to their needs.
As a result of this policy, several pieces of work have been commissioned, and in each case, our partners have been central to the research being done.
The Case Study methodology format is being used in various evaluations by a number of organisations, including in Vietnam, Sri Lanka and India. It is also being used as a format for work being done through the globalmentalhealth.org (password required) website, and in the University of Melbourne Global Mental Health programme.
¹Cohen A, Eaton J, Radtke B, George C, Manuel V, DeSilva M, Patel V. Three models of community mental health services in low-income countries. International Journal of Mental Health Systems 2011; 5:3 (read or download PDF here)
One example of this is The Mental Health Awareness Programme, being evaluated by local researchers at Abia State University/Federal Medical Centre in partnership with the Institute of Psychiatry, London. Preliminary results show a positive effect of the intervention (training Village Health Workers to raise awareness of mental health issues in their communities), particularly in number of clients accessing local services.
CBM Advisory Working Group members have also contributed to book chapters on mental health in Africa², humanitarian settings and scaling up mental health services.
²Ghodse H (Ed). International Perspectives on Mental Health. RCPsych Publications. London, 2011 (order online here)
We will always aim to promote inclusion of persons affected by the research in the whole research process.