Where there is no Psychiatrist

2003Vikram Patel

Attitudes towards mental illness have changed, with more people coming forward for treatment. Despite this positive development, access to mental health care in low-income countries is still extremely poor and there is a serious shortage of mental health care workers. However, most of these countries have large numbers of community workers who could be deployed to deliver mental health care if they had the necessary knowledge and skills. Where there is no Psychiatrist might go some way in Providing such knowledge and skills.

Key wordsmental health / psychiatric diagnosis / psychiatric illness / rehabilitation / suicide / treatment