Treating depression where there are no mental health professionals

Vikram Patel talks to Fiona Fleck
Bull World Health Organ 2017;95:172–173

2 pp. 528 kB

Many people with depression and other mental health problems can be treated successfully by community health workers, but so far no country has scaled up this approach. The idea of using lay people in the delivery of mental health care is often resisted by mental health professionals, including clinical psychologists, who argue that it is not safe or effective, in spite of evidence to the contrary. Perhaps they see this as a threat to their professional authority and control over these treatments and health conditions.

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