During this week’s lunchtime lecture at the Valkenberg Education Centre hosted by the University of Cape Town’s Department for Psychiatry and Mental Health, CPMH co-director A/Prof Katherine Sorsdahl and her Project MIND colleagues Prof Bronwyn Myers (South African Medical Research Council) and Dr Tracey Naledi (Chief Director, Health Programs, Western Cape Department of Health) presented on Project MIND. Project MIND is led by Prof. Myers.
Titled “‘It’s everyone’s responsibility’- Integrating Mental Health Counselling into Chronic Disease Services” the three researchers presented on the project in its entirety. They also discussed the partnerships and collaborations required for its success.
Project MIND is a collaborative research study between the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC), the University of Cape Town and the Western Cape Department of Health. Its purpose is to develop two collaborative care models for mental health and chronic disease care and to test which of these models is the most effective for improving mental health and chronic disease outcomes. Numerous stakeholders are involved in implementing this large cluster randomized control trial at 24 sites in the province.