World Vision International
publication • Thursday, November 30th 2017

Problem Management Plus

Building Kenyas MoH Workforce To Address Community Mental Health Care Needs

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Problem Management Plus (PM+) is a brief (5x90 minute) evidence-based intervention, published under WHO's mhGAP Programme.  PM+ is shown in two randomized control trials to reduce symptoms of common mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder, including for women affected by gender based violence in Kenya.  PM+ helps people to self-manage practical (e.g. unemployment, interpersonal conflict) and common mental health problems (e.g. depression, anxiety, stress, grief).  PM+ strategies include approaches for managing stress, managing problems, behavioral activation and strengthening social supports.  Additional components include psychoeducation, motivational interviewing and relapse prevention.  PM+ is ‘transdiagnostic’, meaning it can be used to treat different symptoms and mental health problems without clinical diagnosis.  PM+ was specifically designed to be delivered by non-professional mental health workers, such as trained and supervised Community Health Volunteers.

Poster presentation at the Human Resources For Health Conference, Dublin, Ireland.  November 2017.

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