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Mental Health Vanuatu

We aim to help improve the mental health and overall well-being of all Ni-Vanuatu citizens and residents of Vanuatu. We strive to help people to realise their own abilities, to cope with the normal stressors of life, to work productively and fruitfully, and to make a meaningful contribution to their family and community.

Vision

An inclusive and mentally healthy Vanuatu that is proactive in ensuring equitable access to sustainable and quality mental health services.

Mission

To provide equitable access to holistic, responsive and evidence-based treatment of mental illness to all Ni-Vanuatu; acknowledging the integral role of the community in the prevention, care and recovery.

Values
  • Protection of human rights
  • Accessibility and equity
  • Community engagement in prevention, care and recovery
  • Protection of vulnerable populations
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Recognition of social factors that contribute to mental health

Objectives

  1. Seek government formalisation of the National Mental Health Committee and its provincial directorates to ensure long-term sustainability of these mental health decision-making bodies
  2. Through legal mechanisms, ensure full-rights realisation for people with mental illness.
  3. Integrate quality mental health care into all levels of health care provision to assure appropriate and equitable access to care including psychosocial support and essential psychotropic medicines and technologies.
  4. Increase health-specific and community mental health care capacities through continued training.
  5. Strengthen community partnerships to encourage civil society’s participation in mental health advocacy.
  6. Strengthen the mental health referral network and improve community understanding of the importance of prevention and early intervention in mental illness.
  7. Strengthen mental health data collection and reporting mechanisms ensuring outputs are used to map trends and inform planning.

Clinical Care
  • Vila Central hospital, based on Efate, has a Mind Care Unit attached to the general medical ward. The unit is staffed by one Psychiatrist, four Mental Health Nurses and one Clinical Psychologist. The unit has a three-bed capacity with one seclusion room for inpatients, and a morning outpatient clinic Mondays to Thursdays. Community outreach is provided on Tuesday afternoons.
  • Northern Provincial Hospital, based in Luganville, Santo, has a single seclusion room designated for mental health care. It has one mental health nurse, Mr Ezekiel Danmelip, who also conducts an outpatient clinic and performs community outreach.
  • Lenakel Hospital, on Tanna. has a dedicated mental health nurse, Mr Johnny White. He conducts weekly outpatient clinics through the Namalinuan clinic, and community outreach when time permits.
  • Sola mini hospital, has one mental health nurse, Ms Annjery Wasarak. She undertakes outpatient clinics on an as needed basis.

Inspiring Change

“The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life – mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical.”

Julius Erving

“Mental health can improve overall well-being and prevent other illnesses. And since mental health problems have a serious economic impact on vulnerable communities, making them a priority can save lives and markedly improve people’s quality of life.”

Vikram Patel

“Mental health is an area where people are embarrassed. They don’t want to talk about it because somehow they feel they’re a failure…but mental health… is something you have to talk about (if you want it to improve).”

Anna Wintour

“Together with open conversations and greater understanding, we can ensure that attitudes for mental health change and children (and adults) receive the support they deserve.”

Kate Middleton
Community Care
  • The Mental Health Vanuatu team has conducted mental health GAP, mental health psychosocial support (MHPSS) and Psychological First Aid trainings with health practitioners, service providers and community leaders throughout all six provinces in Vanuatu.
  • Mental Health Vanuatu have completed follow-up supervisory visits in 5 provinces to visit hospitals, health centres and dispensaries to see how mental health cases are being managed across multiple islands and communities.
  • Mental Health Vanuatu assist the Correctional Facilities with the psychiatric care of their inmates.
  • Mental Health Vanuatu have teamed up with the Vanuatu Chirstian Council to assist them in the development of their ‘Disaster Ready Program’, an initiative where Church leaders are trained in Psychological First Aid and mobilised to respond following an emergency or natural disaster.
About Us

Mental Health Vanuatu consists of 10 hard-working professionals with Internationally recognised qualifications in the assessment, treatment and follow-up of mental health difficulties.

Meet the Team

Get In Touch

EMAIL: ojimmy@vanuatu.gov.vu dashworth@vanuatu.gov.vu nmsimon@vanuatu.gov.vu hlawrence@vanuatu.gov.vu

Mind Care Clinic:
(+678) 22512 VOIP: 1081

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Port Vila Central Hospital

Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu

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