The lack of mental health support available affects both the Nauruan population and the asylum seekers and refugees living on the island as part of the Australian government’s policy of offshore processing.
Our teams have identified cases of schizophrenia and family violence and concerning levels of depression in Nauru, especially among children.
In agreement with the Ministry of Health, we started providing ‘one door for all’ psychological and psychiatric services at the end of 2017. These will be accompanied by outreach activities to promote the services, raise awareness of mental health issues and reduce the stigma attached to seeking treatment.
Our teams will also train and support Nauru government staff to increase their capacity to treat psychological and psychiatric disorders on the island.
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