Neighbors Treating Neighbors For Depression And Alcoholismby The Daily Eye Team December 21 2016, 4:13 pm Estimated Reading Time: 0 mins, 37 secs
It's a problem around the world: People who need mental health care don't get it. A new kind of treatment strategy in India — delivered by nonprofessionals — offers a potential solution. And it's one that could be adopted in other countries, including the U.S. In India, providing mental health care is a special challenge. Many people, especially in rural areas, don't understand much about mental health or mental illness. "The vast majority of people with drinking problems or depression have neither received a diagnosis in their life nor have they been exposed to psychotherapy before," says psychiatrist Vikram Patel, one of the founders of Sangath, a nonprofit health care organization with headquarters in Goa, India.