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1) SPANS team is currently relying on public funds to run this covid-19 community family mental health. To continue doing its amazing work we are appealing for more generous donors to give our projects. There is still need for more funding to make sure that we reach many communities in Zimbabwe which are in great needy of our mental health care services.
2) Despite often high levels of mental health care need, people with mental distress, mental health problems and their families are too often inadequately supported and little attention has given many people are suffering in silence. More education and awareness campaigns are required to make sure that people are aware for the need to promote sound mental health. We realised that in most community they still define mental health as mental Illness, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, self-harm.
3) We understand far too little about common mental health problems expressions and share language many people with mental distress, mental health problems are using. Greater investment is urgently needed in research into these expressions of these mental health problems.
This report aims to encourage more investment in mental health, debate and discussion around the needs, desires and hopes of people with mental distress, mental health problems and mental health disorders. Observations and findings, both quantitative and qualitative, from the 30 covid-19 community family mental health education and awareness campaigns shows the great need for massive re-education of the public to understand mental health as being defined by the World Health Organisation and that can improve mental health care seeking behavior and reduce stigma and discrimination associated with lack of information.
We are not claiming that we do have the answers and it’s clear that far more clear that working collaboratively with the community and families has widespread benefits in addressing mental health problems. Massive education and awareness campaigns are needed but this report is the beginning of a much-needed conversation and increased funding. Above are some preliminary recommendations where we believe action could accelerate more joined-up approaches and hence better outcomes for the people we serve.
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