Welcoming 5 new Ember Innovators!
This blog has been cross-posted with permission from SHM Foundation from the Ember Mental Health website.
We are so happy to announce that, with support from Vitol Foundation, we are now able to partner with an additional 5 projects!
Given the strength of the 160 projects that applied to partner with Ember, we're thrilled to be able to work with more than originally intended. The final lineup of 12 innovations are incredibly diverse in terms of geography, method and approach. We're looking forward to sharing more stories from these projects over the course of our work together.
Green String Network
In areas that have experienced communical violence, trauma is often passed down and conflict can become entrenched. Describing themselves as peace buildings, Green String Network aim to break cycles of violence in post-conflict settings. Using a trauma-informed approach and creative, participatory methodologies, GSN run workshops that help participants develop strategies for dealing with the long-term psychological impacts of conflict. They train community facilitators to run these workshops for various stakeholder groups, including police, government officials and community leaders. the project has already spread across three countries.
Punto de Encuentro
Financial dependence is one of the major issues that prevents women from leaving violent partners. Punto de Encuentro supports victims of gender-based violence to improve their mental health and become financially independent, premised on the idea that the first step to empowering women in this situation is enabling them to find a source of income. Working with vulnerable women, PdE offers therapy and skills-based workshops to support women in developing professional skills, while also providing meals and childcare.
Community-based Mental Health Project
An estimated 50% of the Afghan population have mental health issues. The approach taken to dealing with these issues is predominantly a biomedical one, with less emphasis on psychosocial approaches. CBMHP is a large-scale community mental health system that does both: it designs and runs psychosocial programmes, conducting community outreach, support, training and awareness raising, and has a strong referral system in place, so that people who need medical attention receive it. It has strong support from the Afghan government. So far, the programme has reached 50,000 people in just two years.
CMC-Nepal is a community mental health project that works in collaboration with the government, NGOs and community-based organisations to train and supervise health and lay workers to provide psychosocial support. Their programmes are designed to intersect with other issues that can make people vulnerable to poor mental health, such as migration, gender-based violence and bonded labour. Implemented across more than 20 districts, CMC-Nepal is integrated into municipal structures and leverages strong relationships with local government.
The state of Uttarakhand has just seven government psychiatrists for a population of over 10 million people. Burans is focussed on addressing this massive resource gap. The project trains primary healthcare workers, conducts home visits and treatment plans, runs activities for community sensitisation and facilitates peer-to-peer support networks.