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Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health

Symposium: A step toward bridging the mental health gap in low and middle income countries

When:Th 13-12-2018 12:30 - 15:00
Where:Het Land van Kokanje, Groningen

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that low and middle income countries are confronted with a serious “mental health gap”, indicating an enormous disparity between the number of individuals in need of mental health care and the availability of professionals to provide such care (WHO, 2010). Traditional forms of mental health services are therefore not feasible. In this symposium several strategies for addressing this mental health gap in low and middle income countries will be presented from a clinical, cultural, research and dissemination point of view. In addition, Retha Arjadi will present the results of her studies as part of her thesis on global mental health including a meta-analysis on low intensity interventions by non-specialists for mental health conditions, and a randomized controlled trial evaluating the effect of such a low intensity intervention using technology with support of lay counselors in depression in Indonesia

After the symposium at 16:15, PhD student Retha Arjadi will defend her thesis: ''A step toward bridging the mental health gap using the internet''.

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