Community mental health practices in Kerala: challenges and opportunities for social work practice

Rajeev, S.P., and Francis, Abraham (2014) Community mental health practices in Kerala: challenges and opportunities for social work practice. In: Abstracts from the Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development: promoting social and economic equality (Session 3K) p. 80. From: Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development 2014: promoting social and economic equality, 9-12 July 2014, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

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This paper is based on community practice experience and a reflection on the community Mental Health well-being initiatives implemented in Kerala, the southernmost State of India as a collaborative effort of Australian Mental Health Practitioners and Indian Professionals in 2012. With the support of collaborating Australian partners, an International Centre for Wellbeing was started to initiate community mental health practices. Mental Health wellbeing is viewed as experiencing healthy or positive self esteem and contributing positively to the society with a sense of worthwhile. The major elements of mental health wellbeing initiatives encompass mental health promotion activities, which aim at increasing wellbeing, competence and resilience by creating conducive living environment and conditions. Decreasing mental health disorders are also included as the secondary result of mental health promotion activities. Partnerships in mental health practice between the professionals of two different nations, where human development indices are in two extremes, demand a synchronization of many professional attributes. Evidence based practices are inevitable in working with communities to enhance the wellbeing of people in a developing country. In this paper, the authors discuss the very nature of establishing collaboration, the design of community mental health programs and the delivery of services to people in Kerala. Further, based on the field evaluations and evidences gathered from the service by the first author, the presentation will explore the challenges and opportunities for social work practice in Kerala context.

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Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2014 02:19
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160701 Clinical Social Work Practice @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services @ 40%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 40%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930599 Education and Training Systems not elsewhere classified @ 20%
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