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Quan Tam Network is a community support programme for people living with severe mental illness run by the Research and Training Centre for Community Development (RTCCD) in collaboration with the Vietnam Women's Union.
People living with SMI and their families face stigma, discrimination and isolation in rural Vietnam. Yet they have strengths, talents and expertise that they don’t get to share with their communities, meaning these resources go untapped. Taken together, these factors reduce the quality of life of people living with SMI and their carers.
Quan Tam Network draws on these skills and strengths to improve the quality of life for people living with SMI and their carers. QTN does this in 4 ways:
QTN's model has impact in both health and economic terms, at the level of both the individual and the household. The approach has been found to be a cost-effective means of decreasing psychotic symptoms, improving self-esteem and social skills and increasing the annual income of families.
This programme has already been successfully implemented across multiple villages and involves a wide variety of community members. However, QTN have yet to find a simple way of telling the story of this work in a way that can engage and inspire people outside the mental health sphere.
Developing a compelling story that communicates this impressive work will be one of the challenges Ember and QTN will focus on during our partnership.
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