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Name: Kimberly Lacroix
Institution/Organization: Sangath, Bhopal
Role in PRIME: I am a research officer at PRIME. I oversee the submission of ethics protocols (revision, amendments and reporting), planning and research activities currently taking place through PRIME in addition to other research initiatives. I also oversee the consolidating and documentation of implementation activities taking place through reports and minutes, training for research and data collection. Because of my training in psychology and psychotherapy I also participate in thinking through the implementation of mental health services at the CHCs. I have been instrumental in putting together the supervision procedures we now follow through PRIME (adapted from the PREMIUM project of Sangath). I also assist in supervising the sessions with patients enrolled in the program.
I have been working with PRIME since October 2014 so its been 10 months and 19 days.
What interests me most about working in PRIME is... that it provides the opportunity to think through what we mean when we refer to the term 'primary' when we speak of integration into primary health care. Of what is primary in mental health. To think through questions surrounding integration and implementation of mental health within differently located rural settings in India. While urban mental health/ mental health within urban spaces within has been conceptualised (however diverse and varied such conceptualisations may be), work on mental health in India among what gets classified as 'rural' within the setting that it provides is sparse and still requires to be thought through and researched. PRIME provides an opportunity to think through this aspect of mental health in India.
The biggest challenge working in PRIME is... conversing in different languages.
If I were not doing what I am doing now, I would be... enrolled in a PhD program studying "homeless mentally ill women" or what I would like to call wandering women and looking at the question of care of the homeless within a de-institutionalized framework, adopting community mental health initiatives to conceptualise 'care' of the homeless in India. Working at the intersections of mental illnesses, development theory and feminism.
Alternately I would be studying adolescent mental health through a community perspective in the slums in Mumbai or be learning and utilizing art-based therapy approaches with patients, specifically through drum circles and body movement therapies.