The project has focused on the introduction of the collaborative stepped care model which stresses the integration of mental health care into general health services which allows the mobilization of a large number of para-professionals at the grassroots level to manage the common mental health problems.
This program provides a mobile team of psychiatrists to support community health stations, training of community health stations' general practitioners and nurses to provide guideline treatment, screening, basic psycho-education, and follow-ups provided by village health workers, social support from local authorities, mass organizations, and families, and use of culturally appropriate models of healing that incorporate family orientation, spiritual beliefs and practices, and community connectedness.
During the project implementation, the project have actively engaged the officials from the Ministry of Health and the National Mental Health Hospital No 1 (who is responsible for the implementation of the National Mental Health Program). Site visits by those officials took place. Training workshops to share VVAF’s community-based mental heath program with the government officials at central and provincial levels took place regularly.
With training workhshops for health care workers at different levels to gain new knowledge in mental health, sharing experiences among experts and local staff, this project contributes to strengthening capacity of health sector in the field of mental health. Currently, Viet Nam is implementing community based mental health program. Experience gained from this project will also contribute to improve quality of the program in the country.