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WPA-CitiesRISE Program

An important external investment in our work has come from citiesRISE. We have worked in Nairobi, Chennai and Bogota with our Member Societies and their branches. This work locally and across cities has contributed in several ways to promoting the mental health of disadvantaged young people: by promoting mental health in schools; formulating training curricula for mental health workers and peer supporters; revising training and in-service curricula for psychiatrists and other mental health workers; and preparing the ground for implementing programs of perinatal care in scarce resource countries. This work is scheduled to continue in the next triennium, having been curtailed by the pandemic in early 2020. It records useful ways to engage psychiatrists and other mental health professionals in the community development approach to promoting mental health among young women and men in adversity.

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