Andrew Mohanraj

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People with severe mental disorders are a neglected and vulnerable group in complex emergencies. Here, we describe field experiences in establishing mental health services in five humanitarian settings. We show data to quantify the issue, and suggest reasons for this neglect. We then outline the actions needed to establish services in these settings,(More)
The Asian Tsunami killed more than 130,000 people and made 400,000 homeless in Aceh, an area in Indonesia already affected by over thirty years of conflict. This paper examines an approach taken by an International Non-Governmental Organisation (INGO) to address emergency mental health and psychosocial needs in an integrated way, by providing a continuum of(More)
BACKGROUND Major gaps remain - especially in low- and middle-income countries - in the realization of comprehensive, community-based mental health care. One potentially important yet overlooked opportunity for accelerating mental health reform lies within emergency situations, such as armed conflicts or natural disasters. Despite their adverse impacts on(More)
Background In line with the paradigm shift currently taking place in psychiatry, the authors have experienced obstacles and success in developing community based mental health care in Southeast Asia. Objectives: Due to ignorance, prejudice, discrimination and treatment gap persons with mental disorders are often kept in unnecessary restraints. This(More)
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