FindCareTT.com and the Mental Health and PsychoSocial Support (MHPSS) Network of Trinidad and Tobago and its activities together form a notable milestone in the development and expansion of collective action that can only serve to foster increased trust, more informed referrals and also, direct connections within the professional system of service providers. It is the first National MHPSS Directory of Services of its kind, and has been described as a great example for other countries to learn from.
Even in the first month of its public launch, Mindwise, their social media platform, has already updated Findcarett.com multiple times with additional crisis information. It is a constantly curated listing of current mental health resources and services that can help those in crisis and emergency situations right away. The site allows users to find what it is they are looking for based on target populations and types of services. It is also translation ready to accommodate our Spanish users from the Venezuelan migrant community and outside of that. The MHPSS network and its directory are also poised to continue to grow, with each new directory submission validated by the MHPSS Technical Working Group which consists of organizations such as PAHO-WHO, Ministry of Health, ChildLine, UWI, CANPA and the Trinidad and the Tobago Association of Psychologists, and many more industry leaders.
“The mental health service referral process is also significantly strengthened by this directory, for parents, professionals and educators, and other caretaking entities who are faced with crisis situations the most. If someone needs something specific, you can look it up and share with them a direct link, or a direct number that might help them. It has already started to change the way those of us already in the network, communicate crisis contact information to those who request it.” say Maria O’Brien the development lead for the FindCarett.com project and CoDirector of Mindwise Project
Their mission is making it easier for people to find and access the care that they need, when they need it.