Developing mental health education for health volunteers in a township in South Africa

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Developing mental health education for health volunteers in a township in South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Bradshaw, T en_GB
dc.contributor.author Mairs, H en_GB
dc.contributor.author Richards, David en_GB
dc.contributor.department University of Exeter (David Richards - at the time of publication, the author was at the University of Manchester) en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2008-12-19T16:03:02Z en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-25T12:00:50Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-20T14:55:24Z
dc.date.issued 2006 en_GB
dc.description.abstract South Africa like many countries is moving towards a system of community care for people with mental health problems. This is set against a backdrop of under-resourced and overburdened services. These problems are particularly apparent in the township communities. The aim of this study was to devise an education programme for South African volunteer health workers using principles adapted from the UK evidence base for psychosocial intervention (PSI) and to evaluate the impact of the education programme on community volunteer health workers' knowledge about mental health issues. A stakeholder consultation exercise was held to explore: the context of South African services; the transferability of the UK evidence base and educational strategies to South Africa; and to inform the design of an educational programme. Evaluation of the community volunteer educational programme was undertaken using pre- and post-education focus groups. Twenty-one volunteers working with mentally ill people in the community from one township attended a three-day, six module course. After the course, volunteers: were able to articulate a greater range of aetiological and contributing factors to the development of mental health problems, including stress vulnerability and traditional belief frameworks; could describe a more humanistic model of mental health identification; identified a wider range of both formal and informal helping strategies; were more aware of the negative impact of interpersonal behaviours for people with mental health problems. Volunteer involvement has been confined to communicable diseases in South Africa. Volunteers educated about mental health care could assist in the South African policy of ‘horizontal’ integration of services into primary care from their current ‘vertical’, specialist-orientated structures. en_GB
dc.identifier.citation Primary Health Care Research and Development, (2006), 7 (2): pp. 95-105 en_GB
dc.identifier.doi 10.1191/1463423606pc282oa en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/46768 en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher Cambridge University Press en_GB
dc.relation.url http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=PHC en_GB
dc.subject education en_GB
dc.subject lay educators en_GB
dc.subject psychosocial interventions en_GB
dc.subject serious mental illness en_GB
dc.subject South Africa en_GB
dc.subject voluntary mental health workers en_GB
dc.title Developing mental health education for health volunteers in a township in South Africa en_GB
dc.type Article en_GB
dc.date.available 2008-12-19T16:03:02Z en_GB
dc.date.available 2011-01-25T12:00:50Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-20T14:55:24Z
dc.identifier.issn 1463-4236 en_GB
dc.description Reproduced with permission of the publisher. © Cambridge University Press 2006. en_GB
dc.identifier.eissn 1477-1128 en_GB
dc.identifier.journal Primary Health Care Research & Development en_GB


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