MMH Fellows in Focus

These four projects fall under the umbrella of BI’s “Making More Health”, with a focus on improved mental health care. These four projects fall under the umbrella of BI’s “Making More Health”, with a focus on improved mental health care. Copyright Photo Credits: Boehringer Ingelheim

What are the health needs and challenges?

Facilitating access to mental healthcare is an integral part of improving a society’s wellbeing. Taking into consideration the existing stigma against mental illnesses, this is a task not only for low-and middle-income countries, but also richer nations.

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

The  MyMind Project in Ireland strives to bring affordable and empathetic, community-based mental healthcare to those who need mental health support. Through its network of paid and pro bono therapists and mental health professionals, MyMind expects to serve more than 2,000 clients in 2013. Through Boehringer Ingelheim’s Executive in Residence program, a Senior Product Manager of the company in Brazil spent six months working for MyMind, with the aim to help the project strengthen its core processes and develop new strategies for in come generation and to implement non-conventional, innovative and highly cost-effective marketing tools as well as create strategies for engaging new partners and donors.

The Perinatal Mental Healthcare Project in South Africa enables public health workers to engage and treat common mental illnesses in pregnant and postnatal women (e. g. depression and anxiety).

The  Luh Ketut Surkyani in Indonesia aims to expand the definition of a mental healthcare provider, offering low-cost mental health treatment and rehabilitation while involving different groups in the recovery process.

The Banyan project in India uses a community care approach to treat and rehabilitate mentally ill homeless women. 

These four initiatives fall under the umbrella of BI’s “Making More Health”, with a focus on improved mental health care in a number of countries.

 

Partnership information

Company(ies) Boehringer Ingelheim

Partner(s) Ashoka

Type of Partner(s) NGOs

Therapeutic Focus Mental and Neurological Disorders, Women and Children's Health

Disease(s) Mental Disorders, Women's Health

Program Type(s) Health System Infrastructure - Outreach & Medical Services, Prevention Programs - Awareness & Outreach, Research & Development - Innovative Funding Mechanisms

Targeted Population(s) General population, Marginalised / Indigenous People, Mothers, Patients in needs of treatment, Women

Region(s) East Asia & Pacific, Europe & Central Asia, Latin America & Caribbean, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa

Number of Countries 5

Country(ies) Brazil, India, Indonesia, Ireland, South Africa

Start Date 2010

More information Making More Health

Completed date 2014