The Role of Mental Health Facilitators in Sustainable Health
(School of Educational Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Minden, 11800 Penang, Malaysia. e-mail:
Vol LX • No. 1C/2008
See Ching Mey
School of Educational Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Minden, 11800 Penang, Malaysia.

 Keywords   mental health, sustainable health, mental health facilitator

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently estimated that 450 million people worldwide suffer from
significant mental health problems [3]. WHO had earlier estimated that one in four people experienced
psychological distress that met the criteria for a diagnosable mental health disorder at some point in
their lives [4]. There is therefore an urgent need for trained helping professionals able to screen and then
provide help to individuals with mental health problems, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and
severe disaster-related stress. In response to this unmet need, the National Board of Certified Counselors
International (NBCC-I), an organization founded by professional counselors, is collaborating with WHO
to develop a Mental Health Facilitator (MHF) training program suitable for the training of mental health
facilitators all over the world that can ensure the availability of qualified individuals who can provide
effective, evidence-based and locally appropriate mental health care. This paper explores the role of such
mental health facilitators in the context of sustainable health in promoting mental health and wellness, in
providing crucial helping service and referral if necessary, and in being in the forefront in times of crises
and disasters.

Organizatia Mondiala a Sanatatii (OMS) a estimat recent ca 450 de milioane de oameni din întreaga
lume sufera de probleme semnificative în ceea ce priveste sanatatea mentala. OMS a estimate ca unul din
patru indivizi sufera de stress într-o masura care îl plaseaza în rândul celor ce pot fi diagnosticati ca
având probleme de sanatate mentala. De aceea este urgent sa instruim persoane care sa descopere si sa
ajute pe cei cu astfel de probleme. Ca atare, NBCC-International, o organizatie a consilierilor
colaboreaza cu OMS pentru a dezvolta un program de instruire a consilierilor care se ocupa cu
problemele de sanatate mentala. Acest studiu analizeaza rolul pe care acestia îl au în mentinerea si
promovarea sanatatii mentale a celor aflati în nevoie.

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