There is a great need worldwide for mental health services, especially trauma. But those resources can be hard to access, expensive, or nonexistent - especially in the developing world. Often, mental illness and trauma is misunderstood and as a result people experiencing these issues can suffer additional trauma, stigma, and abuse.
With appropriate treatment, care and support, people with trauma and common mental illness such as depression, anxiety, and stress can lead normal and productive lives. Trained informal care providers are able to intervene early and provide a proper response. We are also working to put this training, targeted to the developing world where resources are scarce, into an online course format.
We equip health care workers, religious leaders, orphanage workers and social workers, police, and teachers, and others to better understand and serve people in their communities. Training includes networking with local contacts and agencies so people in need can be connected with the proper resources. With advanced training and follow-ups, facilitators are identified and equipped to continue training.