Community Mental Health Project-Herat

The Community Mental Health Project (CMHP) started as a new project in the western region of Afghanistan in January 2012.  The goal of CMHP is that all households in the west of Afghanistan are aware of mental health issues and know how to act when a community member has a mental health problem or disorder.  


CMHP also aims to introduce effective ways of promoting good mental health to the school system, governmental and civil society entities.  CMHP conducts trainings for non-medical community members.  Those who are trained can then detect possible mental health problems in the community and refer individuals to medical professionals.

CMHP published four issues (20,000 copies) of Health Community Magazine in 2012.  Health Community is a publication in Dari that focuses on issues such as general mental health, epilepsy, counselling and family conflict.  The magazine is distributed among teachers, students, religious teachers, and governmental employees.  CMHP received 4, 917 feedback forms from magazine readers.  A five month-long programme was broadcast on one of the most watched television stations in Herat province.  

In 2012 CMHP trained:

  • 65 teachers
  • 60 community leaders
  • 25 police
  • 82 Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled Directorates staff
  • 618 Advocacy and awareness participants