Mental health for all by involving all

In this video Vikram Patel discusses an initiative to train members of communities to give mental health interventions, empowering ordinary people to care for others.

Vikram Patel teaches ordinary people to deliver basic psychiatric services. Read Vikram Patel’s full biograhy on TED.com.

Nearly 450 million people are affected by mental illness worldwide. In wealthy nations, just half receive appropriate care, but in developing countries, close to 90 percent go untreated because psychiatrists are in such short supply.