The Model for Mental Health and Development is a community-based holistic model which acknowledges peoples' multi-dimensional lives.
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Mental health is still seriously considered taboo in Lao PDR and is thought to be caused by the possession of evil spirits.
Mental illness and epilepsy have long been the 'poor relation' of global health and development agendas, often being underfunded, misunderstood and considered taboo.
'When my situation worsened, my family hid me. They did not want anybody to see or know about me.'
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