The CPMH is the first of its kind on the African continent, and is a joint initiative of the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the Department of Psychology at Stellenbosch University (SU). The CPMH conducts high quality research on public mental health, and uses evidence for teaching, consultancy and advocacy to promote mental health in Africa. This is in recognition of the need to prioritise mental health on the public health agenda; to develop professional mental health capacity; and to develop policy, service and legislative frameworks to scale up systems of mental health care in Africa. In 2014 the CPMH was conferred the status of University Research Committee (URC) Centre by the University of Cape Town.
The PMHP is a founding member and partner of the CPMH. Within the Centre, the PMHP is a cross-country partner of the PRogramme for Improving Mental Health CarE (PRIME) and participates in the Africa Focus on Intervention Research for Mental Health (AFFIRM).
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