Mental health access across the country
Access to mental health services is a major challenge for people throughout Vanuatu. Coupled with a social and cultural stigma about mental health in general, many Ni-Vanuatu struggle to access the support they need, leaving many people hesitant to seek help.
In order to meet this challenge head-on, IsraAID and Mind Care Unit are training and mentoring volunteers (of which 60% are women) across the Pacific archipelago to ‘open the dialogue’ and help deliver Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) outreach and awareness to the community. To support this work, IsraAID has created a MHPSS Training Manual, the first of its kind to be officially endorsed by the Ministry of Health.