This programme aims to develop an effective and innovative patient interview approach for quick and easy diagnosis of and dealing with mental health conditions. Since 1995 to present, the Ministry of Health in the Kingdom Saudi Arabia has implemented the mhGAP integration program for integrating mental health services within primary health care (PHC) centers. The procedure includes a brief training workshop of 1 day for PHC doctors on the Innovative Patient Interview Approach (5 steps) to improve their knowledge and attitudes with regards to addressing mental health concerns in presenting patients within PHC2.
Aims and Objectives
- Establish educational environment within PHC setting to provide both MH services & training for PHC staff
- Build bridge between PHC workers & MH specialists
- Enhance community ‘MH awareness' to minimize stigma
- Establish a PHC-based research center