One in six people in Bangladesh report that they are currently tackling mental health issues.

 

Mental health is largely ignored in Bangladesh, due to the gap in general understanding about the issue, compounded by societal taboos. Research suggests that 92% of identified patients do not seek professional help. The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the situation significantly.

BRAC is integrating mental health in its primary healthcare services, to provide people with community-based, culturally-relevant and ethical mental health support.

 

NUMBERS

 
 
people

252,523

people reached through trained para-counsellors
trained

1,696

frontline staff trained on basic psychosocial support, empathetic behaviour and rapport building skills
para-couceller

444

trained para-counsellors working in the community to address mental health challenges
psychologist

66

psychologists training and supporting frontline workers to tackle advanced cases
 
  • 17% of adults in Bangladesh live with mental health issues. We must cater to the rising need of mental health support by mainstreaming appropriate services within the existing health system. Mental health is just as important as physical health.
    Mia Seppo
    UN Resident Coordinator, Bangladesh
  • Community mental health is really about what we all need when we are faced with life’s challenges - compassion for ourselves and each other, social connections, and opportunities for contribution and growth. Mental distress can be isolating, so knowing you are not alone and that you are valued and listened to is what helps people and communities to achieve positive mental health and well-being, now and in the future.
    Dr Nargis Islam
    Consulting Clinical Psychologist, Oxford (UK) and Consultant for BRAC Institute of Educational Development

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WHAT WE DO

 
 
Philosophy

Philosophy and approach

Espouse, practise and advocate for culturally-congruent, ethical and respectful mental health services.
Promotion

Promotion and prevention

Inform, empower and support people by providing accurate information about mental health and wellbeing, offering needs-based, community-led mental health interventions, monitored through rigorous processes.
Expertise

Expertise and competency

Maintain the highest standards of practitioner competency, and of mental health interventions and services.
Public

Public protection

Maintain clear, transparent, and ethical safeguarding processes and risk management practices at all levels, in recognition of the vulnerabilities inherent in mental distress.
 

HOW WE DO IT

 
 
sensitisation

Staff sensitisation

Staff trained on effective communication, relationship building and empathy, to work responsibly and respectfully with people tackling mental health challenges.
Partnership

Strengthening competency

Frontline staff and para-counsellors equipped with psychosocial support skills to ensure community engagement.
Mainstreaming

Mainstreaming mental health

Mental health integrated in BRAC’s development programmes, to ensure effective coverage.
competency

Partnership

Collaboration to be ensured with the Government of Bangladesh and other external stakeholders to address the current and future mental health needs of Bangladesh.
 

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