Mental health beyond facilities (mhBeF) aims to develop and implement an evidence-based Comprehensive Community-based Mental Health Services (CCMHS) package for persons with severe mental disorders and epilepsy in three post-conflict countries.
The project has a focus on capacity building in health services and research with a cross-national design to promote exchange and innovation through South-South collaboration among the three countries. mhBeF develops a model that has potential for broad application, taking into account the diverse cultural, economic, and resource needs of LAMIC.
The components of the Comprehensive Community Based Mental Health Services (CCMHS) Package include:
Two levels of community-engaged groups will be trained: low-level health professionals, engaged in community-based health activities, and community resource persons, engaged in community outreach activities. The training will focus on three components:
- The supervision and clinical-liaison model
- Integration into existing country-specific efforts to promote mental health care in primary care
- A South-South collaborative approach where lessons learned among the three countries are engaged to promote practices with elements generalizable across low and middle income countries