Health Equity Initiatives (HEI) provides free and confidential mental health services for refugees and asylum seekers.
The mental health services are provided by a multi-disciplinary team of Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists, Counselors, volunteer Community Health Workers (CHW), PsychoSocial Support Officers, a Mental Health Services Officer, a Nurse and translators.
HEI’s range of services includes:
- psychiatric assessments
- psychological and behavioral interventions
- support group
- treatment adherence support for patients with severe mental illnesses
- psychosocial support services.
The organization’s integrated care model includes making assessments and referrals for supportive services to provide psychosocial interventions such as protection, and transportation subsidy and services especially for women and those with added vulnerabilities.
These services are carried out at HEI’s Community Center, in the community and at a partner private hospital.
HEI receives referrals from the community mental health screening; NGOs, faith-based organizations, and UNHCR.
The mental health team is guided by the Mental Health Services Director, who is also the founder and director of HEI in capacity building initiatives to develop and strengthen the diagnosis, treatment and outcome of treatment of patients. These initiatives are in the form of weekly case supervisions/discussions, seminars and training sessions.