Mental Health for Ukraine Project (MH4U)
The overall objective of the project is to improve the quality of care and psychosocial support for people with mental disorders in Ukraine. The project aims to facilitate the increased provision of mental health services in the community. There is a scientific consensus that mental health services are best provided in local community settings for the majority of cases. Therefore, the project aims to facilitate an optimal mix of comprehensive services that utilize both informal and formal care and empower patients to participate in decision making regarding their health and treatment. In addition, a necessary component of community-based care is effective collaboration between health and social service providers who are aware of and responsive to the needs of the community.
There are three expected outcomes:
- National and state authorities provide an appropriate legal framework, institutional support, coordination and leadership for community-based mental health care
- Mental health service providers provide evidence-based services that are accessible and coordinated across sectors and levels of care
- The Ukrainian population is more aware of ways to prevent mental disorders and more open to using mental health services.
In addition, governance is a cross-cutting theme that touches on all three project outputs and their respective activities and outcomes. Strengthening existing governance structures underpins a number of activities in the project, with various coordination mechanisms established to ensure the participation and accountability of these existing structures.