The Evidence: Officially or Unofficially, CHWs Already Address Violence Against Children | Last year I was working for World Vision’s Technical Services Organisation, which provides technical assistance and training to WV offices and partners. We received a request to analyse the results of a piece of research undertaken by World Vision Canada as part of the ENRICH Programme, funded by Global Affairs Canada. This research was conducted as part of the “It Takes a World” campaign that identified CHWs as the most promising channel to scale up action on violence against children.
“What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.” – Glenn Close
Mental health represents a growing global public health concern. Given its nature, it requires tailored approaches that are sensitive to the individual’s needs and promote their sustainable growth and healing. Community health workers (CHWs) are an emerging resource for reaching out to individuals in underserved populations in both the US and other countries with mental health services. The 10th October was World Mental Health day. In recognition of this event, we at CHW Central would like to end the month with an overview of the current literature on, and relevant recent CHW-led approaches for, addressing mental health.