PGTN (formerly called Psychiatrists Without Borders) - Projects
1) LOCAL SUPPORT
PGTN continues to train and supervise primary care clinicians to provide basic mental health interventions to individuals in under-served communities and with limited financial resources in the Los Angeles area. Primary care clinicians are trained to identify and provide basic interventions for adults with psychiatric conditions including major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, substance abuse, and dementia.
2) MENTAL HEALTH FIELD GUIDE
Mental Health Care in Settings Where Mental Health Resources Are Limited, is used as companion educational resource for individuals receiving training and supervision through PGTN. The handbook is designed to be a concise, easy-reference guide and addresses conditions including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, substance abuse, dementia, child and adolescent issues, violence, and HIV/AIDS and mental health. The field guide also provides insights on the recent state of mental health care worldwide and the means for increasing access to care in resource-limited areas.
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3) MENTAL/PHYSICAL HEALTH INITIATIVE
Good physical health contributes to good mental health. Exercise has been linked to improved mood, reduced stress, increased energy, and heightened self-esteem. In addition, participating in sports fosters the development of important aspects of psychological health including self-esteem, social skills, discipline, and respect for others. PGTN values the "mind-body connection" and supports organizations operating in resource-limited areas that promote mental health through sports activities and/or provide support to aspiring athletes whose talents and efforts inspire others to incorporate physical activity into their lives. PGTN has provided support for training materials to the Cameroon Football Development Program (Lioness-Empower African Girls Through Soccer project) and CREA (Empower Girls in India Through Sports project). Both are nonprofit organizations that use sports to foster gender equity in addition to self-esteem, independence, life skills, and healthy life choices among adolescent girls, of whom many are survivors of varied forms of abuse.
In addition, PGTN sponsors, Improving Your Mental Game, a practical, concise pocket guide drawing from principles of medicine, neuroscience & psychology to aid the optimal performance & comprehensive well-being of athletes. It covers a broad range of topics: mental skills training; mental illnesses & psychosocial issues associated with sport; brain health (nutrition & sleep); banned substances; & support for athletes with disabilities. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.
4) PREVIOUS INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS (click link below for details)