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Barriers to mental health services at public health centers: Providers’ perspectives

Putu Aryani, Pande Putu Januraga, Komang Ayu Kartika Sari, Lisanne Gerstel, Willem F. Scholte

The findings of this study highlight the importance of national policy dissemination and collaboration between local government, health providers and CHWs to overcome the barriers in providing MH services at PHC level.

Background and purpose:

The disparity between the increasing prevalence of mental health (MH) illness and the availability of treatment in Indonesia remains high, despite the campaign to provide MH services at public health centers (PHCs) initiated by the government in 2014. This study explored barriers to MH service provision at PHCs in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia in order to identify priorities for service improvement.