The CPMH is the first of its kind on the African continent, and is a joint initiative of the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the Department of Psychology at Stellenbosch University (SU). The CPMH conducts high quality research on public mental health, and uses evidence for teaching, consultancy and advocacy to promote mental health in Africa. This is in recognition of the need to prioritise mental health on the public health agenda; to develop professional mental health capacity; and to develop policy, service and legislative frameworks to scale up systems of mental health care in Africa.
The CPMH is dedicated to the memory of Professor Alan J. Flisher, a pioneer of African public mental health. For the many clinical and research colleagues, students and collaborators throughout the African continent who were touched by Alan's life, the CPMH provides a tangible way of carrying forward his legacy, and embodies the values and commitment that he evoked.
Click below to watch a short video about the Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health, produced by UCT TV.
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BBC Focus on Africa interviews PRIME's Dr Mary De Silva from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine on the state of mental health care in Africa
10 August 2012 - In commemoration of the life and work of the late Alan J Flisher in the field of public mental health, Dr Pamela Collins, Director for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health at the US-based National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), presented to a full audience on the disparities of mental health globally, and the important role for research in solving the global challenge. The audience, made up of supporters, colleagues, friends, family and former students of the late Dr Alan J Flisher, welcomed the presentation given from a funder’s perspective, and Dr Collin’s support for global mental health research.
Click above to watch a video of the full lecture [58min 39 sec].
08 August 2012 - As part of a major grant awarded by the US-based National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), collaborators and funders met in Cape Town for the first Annual Grantees Workshop during the week of 8 August 2012. The grants are awarded for research and capacity development to improve the delivery of cost-effective mental health interventions in sub-Saharan Africa, South America and South Asia. Such a proactive initiative by the NIMH is timely in light of the extensive research published indicating the human resource challenges facing mental health, particularly in low-and-middle-income countries. The lack of trained mental health care specialists has had a negative impact on the delivery of mental health services, and motivated the calls for ‘task-shifting’ and the integration of mental health into primary health care. Such an approach will help to ensure that primary care providers (including doctors, nurses and community health workers) are able to deliver much-needed care for mental disorders in communities.
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