Beyond the Biomedical: Community Resources for Mental Health Care in Rural Ethiopia

Study on resource mapping to gather information on community assets that support the integration of mental healthcare into primary care

Abstract

The focus of discussion in addressing the treatment gap is often on biomedical services. However, community resources can benefit health service scale-up in resource-constrained settings. These assets can be captured systematically through resource mapping, a method used in social action research. Resource mapping can be informative in developing complex mental health interventions, particularly in settings with limited formal mental health resources.

The study employed resource mapping within the Programme for Improving Mental Health Care (PRIME), to systematically gather information on community assets that can support integration of mental healthcare into primary care in rural Ethiopia. A semi-structured instrument was administered to key informants. Community resources were identified for all 58 sub-districts of the study district. The potential utility of these resources for the provision of mental healthcare in the district was considered.

This research is supported by the Department for International Development’s Programme for Improving Mental Health Care (PRIME) which is led by University of Cape Town

Citation

Selamu, M.; Asher, L.; Hanlon, C.; Medhin, G.; Hailemariam, M.; Patel, V.; Thornicroft, G.; Fekadu, A. Beyond the Biomedical: Community Resources for Mental Health Care in Rural Ethiopia. PLoS ONE (2015) 10 (5) e0126666. [DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0126666]

Beyond the Biomedical: Community Resources for Mental Health Care in Rural Ethiopia

Published 1 January 2015