Mental health in adults and children


Common mental disorders, including depressive and anxiety disorders among adults and behavioural challenges among children, are common in all countries. In Vietnam, the burden of these mental illness is similar to that in much of the world.

Role-play in the training in Quang Ninh

Role-play in the training in Quang Ninh

The Institute of Population, Health and Development (PHAD) have been collaborating with Simon Fraser University (SFU) to implement 3-year project called: “Mental health in adults and children: Frugal Innovations (MAC-FI) under financial supports of Grant Challenge Canada (GCC) and The Ministry of Labour, Invalid and Social Affairs, Vietnam (MOLISA). The project has 2 components, one for depressed adult and other called Strongest Family Model for children with behavioural challenges. The adult component will be implemented in 8 provinces of Vietnam including Thanh Hoa, Thai Nguyen, Quang Ninh, Da Nang, Quang Nam, Khanh Hoa, Ben Tre and Long An. Strongest Family Model will be piloted in Hanoi.

A group discussion in the training in Quang Ninh2

A group discussion in the training in Quang Ninh

The main purpose of the project is to enhance care and capacity development for common mental disorders in both children (using the SF model) and adults in Vietnam and to provide technical assistances to the community based project on Social support and rehabilitation for people with mental illness and mental disorder 2011-2020 (Decision 1215/QD-TTg on 22/7/2011).

In the adult mental health, the project will implement the following key activities: (1) training for provincial trainers and supervisors (2) Training for social workers and commune health workers, (3) screening, ranking and management of depression the community level with strong collaboration between health and social sector, (4) refer severe case to higher level of care, (5) collect scientific data to prove the success of the project to help MOLISA making decision based on scientific evidences.

CHW was screening a patient in Da Nang

CHW was screening a patient in Da Nang

CHW was screeing a patient at a CHC in Quang Ninh

CHW was screening a patient at CHC in Quang Ninh

In the child mental health part, the project will focus on Vietnamizing the Strongest Family Model and piloting its effectiveness in Vietnamese context. The main activities including screening and early detect of child with behavioural challenges and early intervention via parents with assistance from social worker network.

Other project

m-Health Messaging to Motivate Quitline Use and Quitting (M2Q2) (1)

International Honors Program (6)

SMS and application in Infectious Surveillance System in Viet Nam (Location: Hoa Binh, Hung Yen province - Duration: July 2012 - Dec 2012) (1)

Improved access, equity, quality and utilization of commune health services, in particular by women from poor, ethnic minorities and remote areas in Thai Nguyen - HMIS, partner with the Population Council (1)

Thai Nguyen computer-based Health Management Information System (1)

Health Policy Initiatives (HPI) (1)

Improving maternal and perinatal care for ethnic minorities in Thai Nguyen, Vietnam through an integrated eHealth and user-provider interaction model (1)

100% Condom Use Program in An Giang province (1)

Peer education for HIV prevention among newly recruit military of Viet Nam - partner with Military Medical Department (MMD) (1)

Pathways Project (1)

Increased access to comprehensive HIV care and support services for children orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS in Lao Cai province (1)

Technical support for HIV prevention project along the highway from Noi Bai - Lao Cai at 4 Vinh Phuc, Phu Tho, Yen Bai and Lao Cai (1)

Feasibility study in preparation for Randomized Trial of Enhanced Primary Mental Health Care Implementation (2)

The Global Health Initiative Program (1)

Urban railway construction in Ho Chi Minh city, Ben Thanh – Suoi Tien section (1)

Strengthening VCT/PITC services at military health facilities - partner with MMD (1)

We Talk About Our Hypertension (2)

Mental health in adults and children (1)

Community-based social assistance and rehabilitation rehabilitation for people with mental illness and mental disorders, 2011 – 2020 (1)

Strongest Families (1)

Installing bio-toilets for schools and develop communication materials in Ho Quang Phin, Dong Van, Ha Giang (1)