Help TPO Cambodia to bring mental health care and psychosocial support to those Cambodians who need it most. In many rural parts of Cambodia, mental health services are lacking or nonexistent. People have limited awareness or education about mental health and options of treatment and support of individuals struggling with mental health concerns. Access to mental health services is difficult in Cambodia especially for the large amount of the population who live in the rural areas of Cambodia.
It's estimated that about 40% of Cambodians suffer from mental health problems including trauma from the Khmer Rouge, domestic violence, substance abuse, and mental health issues related to poverty. Despite rapid economic and social change in Cambodia, the mental health burden on the society is enormous but the mental health system is only in its infancy leaving a huge gap between what is needed and what is available.
We help reduce the gap between the need for and availability of mental health care, in particular for those who need it most and cannot access care at all. We provide treatment and support at our clinic in Phnom Penh and via our community-based teams and projects in the provinces. We also have mobile teams traveling the rural areas. Our work makes a difference for people with mental health problems and their families, so they function more effectively in their work, families, and communities.
Our work raises awareness and shift Cambodians's impressions on mental health, encouraging people to seek help, support, and reduce stigma by training key community members, building upon their pre-existing skills and works to strengthen local mental health systems. In partnership with these facilities and community members, TPO is striving to create and promote positive and sustainable mental health policy changes throughout Cambodia.