Soon after Haiti was struck by a devastating earthquake in 2010, Partners In Health began building a system for mental health care to serve an area of 1.3 million people. I was hired a few years later to support the curriculum development that was underway to support the creation of a mental health system of care in Haiti. We built training materials for four different cadres of health care workers, developed forms, referral pathways, and in all, a system of care.
Cut to a few years later… PIH was ready to take those learnings from Haiti and build systems of mental health care across all of their sites. I felt tremendously fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with the Mental Health team again and to help them adapt the materials so that they could be used in multiple countries and cultural contexts. I was able to re-write the materials and offer prompts to managers as to when to use the materials, what systems needed to be in place before the training would be appropriate, and offer suggestions for adaptation to the cultural context.
The materials are available beyond the Partners In Health network. The team graciously shares materials via the Mental Health Innovation Network. Please let me know if you would be interested in working together to adapt the materials to your context. I would be happy to help!
Information about the cross-site Mental Health work at PIH can be found here.