Just before Christmas I had the privilege of being part of a Community Mental Health assessment in the Typhoon Haiyan zone of the Philippines. The assessment was conducted by Dr Nick Rose, a Senior Psychiatrist from Oxford in the UK and Mr Willy Reyes, CBM’s Mental Health Coordinator in the Philippines.
Left to right: Willy Reyes; Dr Henrietta Espanola, Head of Department of Psychiatry, University of Western Visayas State University in Iloilo; Dr Nick Rose; David Lewis, CBM, at a mental health consultation in Estancia.
CBM conducted this assessment because we are keen to work with others in ensuring high quality mental health services are available for communities affected by the typhoon. It is also very important that these same communities grow in their understanding of mental health issues, including opportunities for referral and how everyone can be part of building inclusion for all community members. Continue reading