Recovery through “the power of networks” Support, skills & employment to survive economic impact (July 2020-July 2021): Targeting the same group of low-income communities, during phase 2, we will use community and government networks to improve mental well-being and increase economic resilience in communities impacted by COVID-19. For mental health, we aim to to certify 1,000 people in “mental health first aid” and create a mental health support network that covers 15,000-20,000 low-income households in the city
In phase 2, we will partner with trusted, existing community networks to improve mental health training and economic resilience.
Mental health support for 20,000 low-income households.
Since the pandemic, anxiety levels have spiked across society due to high unemployment, increasing debt, and overall uncertainty about the future. Vulnerable communities are particularly at risk as many people work in the informal sector, where job cuts have been more drastic, and in many cases, those let go are ineligible for government aid.
COVID Relief Bangkok has partnered with a network of mental health experts to build and expand mental health training and services in Bangkok’s low-income neighborhoods. The aim is to (1) spread awareness of mental health resources available; and perhaps more importantly, (2) using a train-the-trainer model, we will help community leaders and health care volunteers to identify and respond to signs of mental illness.