Mental Health Awareness Month

A collaborative care approach to integrating mental health into primary healthcare

The Programme for Improving Mental Health Care (PRIME), developed a district mental healthcare plan (MHCP) in South Africa that integrates mental healthcare for depression, alcohol use disorders and schizophrenia into standard care for chronic physical conditions. 

Ma Agnes is one of many patients who received treatment during PRIME’s implementation. This collaborative care approach ensures that people receive supportive and ongoing care in the community and health facilities, while being able to access specialist services and inpatient care when needed. 

The Story of MaPule

MaPule, a patient living in the Kanana township outside the town of Klerksdorp in the North West Province of South Africa, shares her experience of living with schizophrenia. Her husband also shares his experience of providing care for her. 

Mental health and psychosocial support during an international pandemic

The Centre for Rural Health has created informative psychoeducational self help videos in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to assist healthcare workers, managers and the community alike in managing these challenging and uncertain times. 


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