Every year natural disasters affect close to 160 million people worldwide. In 2019, there were a total of 409 natural disasters events. 2020 awoke with the COVID19 pandemic and live with 26 conflicts worldwide. The psychosocial effects are often referred to as the 'silent wounds' of conflict or epidemy because they frequently remain hidden, or under-reported.
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation reported in their flagship Global Burden of Disease study in 2017, that 792 million people lived with a mental health disorder. This is slightly more than one in ten people globally (10.7%). This figure may be higher if we think that many people who live in rural areas do not have access to basic mental health services. Having a mental illness is still stigmatizing. People are afraid of asking for help or don´t fully understand what is happening to them. For this reason, it is necessary to create mental health programs for communities in remote areas.
Individuals with mental diseases cannot participate in the activities of a community. They will be limited in accessing and contributing to the generation of positive horizontal and vertical social capital. The community loses too since a high prevalence of mental and psychosocial disorders among its members, weakens its ability to form relations of trust, cooperation, and mobilization for collective action.
"WE NEED TO ADDRESS MENTAL HEALTH AND PSYCHOSOCIAL DISORDERS IN POPULATIONS THAT HAVE EXPERIENCED EPIDEMICS, MASS VIOLENCE, NATURAL CATASTROPHES, AND TRAUMA TO ENHANCE SOCIAL CAPITAL, PROMOTE HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, AND REDUCE POVERTY"
Community-based Mental Health Programs offer services located in the community, preferably working in multidisciplinary teams. In addition to individual treatments for mental suffering, they must incorporate the community dimension, including family and the environment. Therefore we will not only emphasize mental health promotion but the prevention of mental health disorders and psychosocial rehabilitation.
The involvement of the community in its attention to mental health is essential when looking for lasting solutions. The community acquires a central role in the various decision levels, administration, and even program execution and monitoring since social participation is a distinctive feature of mental health activities in the community.
My extensive experience working with communities is an advantage in fostering a warm climate of trust and commitment with the chosen community.
"I TAKE CHARGE AND GUIDE GROUPS TO MEANINGFUL PROGRAM'S GOALS, AND ENSURE GOOD RELATIONS AMONG GROUP MEMBERS"
One of my top character strengths is leadership. I am able to provide a positive vision or message that inspires the community to engage in the program goals. I am definitely a transformational leader that loves to empower and perhaps even inspire the community to achieve an innovative and practical "Community-Based Mental Health Program."
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