INTERNATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH
People all around the world need more mental health support
Communities around the globe are suffering. We can help by providing the mental health support that they need to heal and take on the challenges of their lives.
In many developing countries, there is little access to mental health care even though there is an overwhelming burden of trauma caused by war, poverty, climate crisis and abuse. Women in particular suffer from enormous deficiencies in medical, economic and educational opportunities. Lack of access to resources, gender violence and isolation are endemic in many communities, and studies show that depression is the leading cause of disease among women in the developing world. However, there is virtually no understanding nor acceptability of mental health care for these women.
GPS has been successfully implemented in partnership with The Maya Health Alliance in rural Guatemala, is being introduced into perinatal communities in China, and has been taught in Mexico, Qatar and other countries. We work with refugees including the Afghan community, newly arriving Ukrainians and many groups who have found their way to our shores to find a safe home. In each of these communities, GPS is culturally co-created in conjunction with leaders in the home community to ensure that support groups are culturally relevant, sensitive and attuned with what the people need. Health care workers of diverse disciplines and those with lived experience are trained to lead GPS groups, and women talk about the serious challenges of their lives, often for the first time, in an environment of safety.