Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health (CPMH)

The CPMH 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) and the first of its kind in low-and-middle-income-countries. 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.

The CPMH was awarded the prestigious status of being a WHO (World Health Organisation) Collaborating Centre in 2017, the only collaborating centre in mental health and psychiatry in South Africa. 

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 works closely with the three-year Health System Strengthening in Sub-Saharan Africa (ASSET) project, which aims to pilot and scale an integrated maternal mental health intervention within the Cape Town Midwife Obstetric Unit setting.

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