Mental Health for Ukraine Project (MH4U)
The overall goal of the project is to improve the quality of care and psychosocial support for people with mental health disorders in Ukraine. The project seeks to facilitate increased delivery of mental health services within the community. It is a scientific consensus that mental health services for the majority of cases are best provided in local community settings. Therefore the project aims to facilitate an optimal mix of comprehensive services, which make use of both, informal and formal care and empower patients to participate in decision making regarding their health and treatment. Moreover, a necessary component of community-based care is the effective collaboration between health and social service providers that are aware of and align themselves with the needs of the community.
There are three expected outcomes:
- National and oblast authorities deliver an adequate legal framework, institutional support, coordination and leadership for community-based mental health care;
- mental health service providers deliver evidence-based services accessible and coordinated across sectors and levels of care;
- Ukrainian people are more aware of ways how to prevent mental health disorders and are more open to use mental health services.
In addition, governance is a cross-cutting theme, touching on all three project outputs and their respective activities and outcomes. The strengthening of existing governance structures underpins a number of activities in the project, with various coordination mechanisms being established to ensure the participation and accountability of these existing structures.