The need for more research in community mental healthcare provision

The significance of wider determinants of mental healthcare provision in rural as well as urban Africa cannot be over-emphasized.

The role of lack of understanding about mental illness,  societal beliefs, poverty and stigma is a significantly problematic one, especially when inherently weak health systems have to be contended with.

The push for more community- based mental healthcare provision in Low and Medium Income Countries is a welcome one. There however has to be  concomitant encouragement for more research into the ways in which communities engage with mental health services and initiatives.

This should serve to create better and more sustainable people- centred services.

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