Adapted from Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Interpersonal Counseling (IPC) is an evidence-based psychosocial intervention which can be used to manage manifestations of distress due to common mental health disorders (such as depression, anxiety, somatization, etc.), physical illness (communicable as well as noncommunicable conditions), and chronic pain, or from exposure to adverse events.
In Group IPT, facilitators help group members to find links between common mental health conditions like depression and current life problems, and to build communication and other interpersonal skills to manage their problems more effectively.
The interpersonal nature of the group and the conversations within the group are helpful parts of this process, because this is where group members learn and where they get ideas on how to address their problems.
“Life skills” are positive and adaptive behaviors that empower people to be able to deal with the many challenges of life.
Having good life skills promotes mental health and can also help to prevent mental health conditions by reducing a person’s stress in response to these challenges
Amana Hospital - Msongola Dispensary - Pugu Dispensary
Kigamboni Health Center - Vijibweni Hospital - Mji Mwema Dispensary
Tegeta Dispensary - Tandale Dispensary - Mwananyamala Hospital
Temeke Hospital - Mbagala Rangi Tatu Health Center - Mbagala Kizuiani Dispensary
Sinza Health Center - Makurumula Dispensary - Mbezi Dispensary
Awareness-raising can improve understanding and change attitudes and behaviour towards
mental health and people with Mental, Neurological & Substance Use (MNS) conditions.
Providing information to the public can create a demand for integrated services and improve attitudes towards people with MNS
conditions and their families.
Without accessible, accurate information about the treatment
options for MNS conditions and services in the district, service use may be limited.
Integration of mental health into general health services can resolve shortages of human
resources to deliver mhGAP-recommended interventions.
TEWWY's Wisdom&Wellness Counselors are equipped with the requisite skills and
competencies to identify Mental, Neurological & Substance Use conditions, provide essential
psychosocial interventions, intervene in crises, refer patients to specialist mental health
services when appropriate, provide psychoeducation and support to people with MNS
conditions and their families.
Worldwide, MNS conditions impose an enormous global disease burden that leads to premature mortality and affects functioning and the quality of life. MNS disorders interfere, in substantial ways, with the ability of children to learn and the ability of adults to function in families, at work, and in society at large.
MNS conditions are linked to the social, economic and physical environments in which people live. With collaborative support from the local government authorities, Wisdom&Wellness Counselors stationed in the LGA communities reduce stigma by integrating mental health care into everyday social services.
A comprehensive, coordinated response for MNS care requires multisectoral partnerships with many service providers in the health, education, social and private sectors.
Good mental health is important to everyone. Approximately 280 million people worldwide have depression. Interns play a vital role in delivering services to those in need, promoting and raising mental health awareness. #Tanzania.