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Year : 2023  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 36-41

Novel Approaches to Community-Based Psychoeducation to Improve Mental Health Awareness in Diverse Settings

1 Department of Psychiatry, The University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
2 Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco, California, USA
3 Batangas Medical Center, Batangas, Philippines
4 Kelaa Sraghna Psychiatric Hospital, Ministry of Health, Morocco

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Dr. Atasha Jordan
3535 Market Street, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/wsp.wsp_10_23

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Background/Objectives: The authors are early career psychiatrists practicing worldwide who aim to increase access to mental health care and reduce associated stigma by utilizing culturally informed psychoeducation-based programs tailored for nontraditional communities. Methods: The authors chose four distinct communities to provide mental health psychoeducation, including churches in Philadelphia, a fandom group in the Philippines, nonpsychiatric healthcare workers in Nepal, and families of patients in Morocco. Results: Dr. Atasha Jordan founded the Christian Mental Health Initiative to improve mental health outcomes of Christians in the US and the Caribbean; in a pilot study (n = 29), the research team used Mental Health First Aid to increase mental health care literacy and mental health care utilization in Black Churches. Dr. Bernadett Carandang co-created Hallyu Wednesdays, an online fandom-based mental health group that meets weekly to explore mental health topics through Korean media and provide online safe spaces for their community. Dr. Kristin Nguyen, as part of the Health, Equity, Action, Leadership (HEAL) global mental health fellowship program, co-created psychoeducational videos on burnout and ways to mitigate it for the staff of a hospital in rural Nepal that can be disseminated to other Nepali healthcare workers. Dr. Wydad Hikmat implemented a family psychoeducation program, Profamille, for caregivers and families of patients with psychosis, leading to improved mood and coping strategies for patients. Conclusions: All four psychoeducational interventions used innovative approaches to addressing mental health challenges and promoting mental wellness among diverse populations worldwide.

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