Community mental health initiatives in Pakistan

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Ali, G., Lalani, N. S. and Charania, N. A. M. A. 2015. Community mental health initiatives in Pakistan. Nursing Standard. 29 (22), pp. 44-48. https://doi.org/10.7748/ns.29.22.44.e9250
AuthorsAli, G., Lalani, N. S. and Charania, N. A. M. A.
Abstract

Aim
To identify mental health needs in local communities, and provide and evaluate nurse-led services to promote community mental health in Karachi, Pakistan.

Method
Using an action research approach, mental health nurses implemented activities to promote mental health and psychiatric rehabilitation in 15 urban communities in Karachi. The activities were planned and implemented in collaboration with a community-based social welfare organisation.

Findings
Community mental health interventions were implemented by a multidisciplinary team including nursing educators and postgraduate nursing students. Positive transformation of the mental health of clients in the community was found.

Conclusion
The challenges in identifying, diagnosing and rehabilitating clients with mental health needs in the community in Pakistan is acknowledged, and the benefits of enhanced support for clients and their families provided by community mental health nurses are described.

JournalNursing Standard
Journal citation29 (22), pp. 44-48
ISSN0029-6570
Year2015
PublisherRCN Publishing (RCNi)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.7748/ns.29.22.44.e9250
Publication dates
Print03 Feb 2015
Publication process dates
Accepted11 Sep 2014
Deposited17 Jan 2022
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