Now available! Handbook for community mental health resilience

The ARCLIGHT project has published a practical handbook for creating community mental health resilience drawing together lessons learned through the project’s research. It has relevance to many communities facing adversity and it intended primarily for health and social care practitioners. Download the handbook here!

The handbook is the result of the research team’s work alongside three very diverse communities facing adversity in Guyana, South America, led by Dr Helena Ann Mitchell of the Open University. The issues the communities faced included climate change impact, domestic abuse and economic downturn. A common factor was that limited resources for dealing with the mental health issues were available. This makes the guiding handbook relevant to communities facing similar issues in developed as well as underdeveloped countries.

The handbook can be widely used by health and social care professionals for developing community resilience where adverse circumstances affect mental health. For instance, Covid-19, employment loss and domestic abuse are common factors world-wide. In the current climate the handbook should prove a valuable tool for anyone needing to address community mental health.  The handbook is released under a Creative Commons licence (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0), and we welcome ongoing discussions about its future use. If you  have any questions, please contact

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