Mental Health and Wellbeing

This is a guide for community health workers about mental health and wellbeing. It was developed with health workers in under-resourced and rural settings. Working in their own study groups, community health workers can use this guide to learn how to:

  • promote mental health
  • know the signs and symptoms of common mental-health conditions
  • understand which people are high-risk and vulnerable
  • help people with mental-health conditions.
  • Full title: Mental Health and Wellbeing: A Guide for Community Health Workers
  • Author(s): Roseanne Turner
  • Print ISBN: 978-1-928313-18-2
  • Reflowable ebook ISBN: 978-1-928313-18-2
  • PDF-ebook ISBN: 978-1-928313-18-2

About the authors

Roseanne Turner is a critical care nurse and nurse educator with a special interest in mental health and self-care. For the past decade, she has been working in the NPO sector as an evaluator and trainer working with all cadre of health and social care providers including community health workers.

Prof David Woods is a retired neonatologist in Cape Town and the editor-in-chief of the renowned Perinatal Education Programme. He is passionate about self-empowered distant learning for all health professionals.


Mental Health and Wellbeing: a guide for community health workers has been developed specifically for community health workers by Bettercare. We acknowledge the mhGAP Training Material developed by the World Health Organisation, the Perinatal Mental Health Project, and the online resource developed by Beacon House.

We acknowledge all the participants of the Skills to Care Learning Programme who have made suggestions and offered constructive criticism during the development of this coursebook. It is only through constant feedback from colleagues and participants that the content of the coursebook can be improved.

Bettercare would like to gratefully acknowledge the contribution of Small Projects Foundation (SPF) in supporting this project.

SPF is a conscientious non-governmental organisation that has contributed to community empowerment and development in the Eastern Cape and across South Africa. Established in January 1988, SPF is a community development and training trust that operates under the governance of a non-remunerated Board of Trustees. SPF specialises in the areas of project management, social marketing, development facilitation, training, innovative development, research and evaluation.

Kistefos AS provided a generous grant to Small Projects Foundation to fund the development and production of this coursebook.

May this book provide greater understanding, reduce stigma and bring benefit to community health workers and the communities they serve.

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