If we bring mental health services closer to primary care, we bring it closer to the community and make services more accessible. We contribute to the prevention and to the promotion of mental health, to breaking down the barriers created by stigma and discrimination, to facilitating referrals and counter-referrals where specialized services are involved, and to promoting quality care with community participation and empowerment for users of our services.
"The mhGAP course prioritizes the provision of strategies for people in the community and health personnel to reduce anxiety and to be able to manage their daily lives during emergencies and crisis. Thus, primary care is the easiest way to get closer to the community and prevent the increase of mental health problems. Decreasing people´s anxiety, decreasing people´s fear."
- Edwin Romero, Ministry of Public Health and Social Asistance of Guatemala