Professor Helen Herrman
Psychiatry’s central role in community health care
Studies have shown that people living with depression and psychosis are twice as likely to die young as other people in the community. Partnerships between practitioners, those with lived experience and family carers are needed to improve the poor access to general health services and to mental health care common in our community and elsewhere.
Social services organisations do much great work for young people who come from backgrounds of abuse and neglect. However the resources provided are low compared to the size of the problem.
International experience shows that some countries are doing good work with few resources by enlisting, training and setting up supervision for primary health services, volunteers and non-medical workers to provide basic treatment.
Helen Herrman is Professor of Psychiatry at Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health and the Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne and Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Mental Health in Melbourne. She is President Elect of the World Psychiatric Association.
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