Voices from the field: Conversations with health care workers on innovations in remote support during COVID-19

In these video interviews, health care workers share challenges, activities and recommendations in providing remote mental health support for vulnerable groups during COVID-19. As part of the ‘Stories from the field’ blog series, a collaboration between MHIN and the World Health Organization, these videos highlight innovations in mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) service delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Facebook intervention for older adults - Ecuador and Spain

Andrea Alvarado is a Clinical Psychologist specialising in mental health support for the elderly. As part of her studies in Psychogerontology, she created a four-week intervention for older adults delivered via Facebook. In this video, she discusses how collaboration with caregivers can be crucial in delivering remote support to people who may have difficulties using technology. Learn more in Andrea's blog post.

Cape Mental Health - Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Mental Health provides mental health services to a wide range of population groups in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Special Education & Care Centres Manager, Mpilo Khumalo shares how the organisation is using WhatsApp and collaborating with parents to provide remote services for children with severe and profound intellectual disability. Learn more in the blog post and follow Cape Mental Health on TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.

Centre for Mental Health Law and Policy - Pune, India

The Centre for Mental Health Law and Policy (CMHLP) works to protect the rights of persons with psychosocial disabilities in collaboration with diverse stakeholders from service users to policy makers. To reach populations with low literacy levels and vast linguistic diversity, the organisation created short videos, adapting evidence-based resources on mental health and COVID-19 to an Indian context. The videos were translated into six languages and shared via WhatsApp. View the videos on YouTube and follow CMHLP on Twitter and Facebook

Kovler Center Child Trauma Program - Chicago, USA

The Kovler Center Center Child Trauma Program (KCCTP) serves children regardless of status (immigrants, asylum-seekers and refugees) in Chicago, Illinois, USA who have experienced any trauma, including but not limited to torture, either in their home countries or during their migration journees. Clinical Social Worker, Jenna Adler describes the importance of case management, or coordination and planning to ensure families have access to food and housing as well as devices and internet for remote mental health services. Working with the ‘My Hero is You’ storybook inspired children to create their own Zine. Follow KCCTP on Twitter and Facebook.

Minds At Play - Delhi, India

Minds At Play, the flagship programme of the Neevam Foundation, is a curriculum-based intervention supporting the mental health of youth in India. Founder and Director Aakanksha Kapoor describes using WhatsApp groups and collaborating with family members to support children with limited access to devices and reliable internet connection. Learn more in Aakanksha's blog post and follow Minds At Play on Instagram

[Stories from the field]

[Mental Health and COVID-19]

Task sharing
Treatment, care and rehabilitation
Child behavioural and developmental disorders
Depression/anxiety/stress-related disorders
Dementia and other neurocognitive disorders
All disorders
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