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1M.D Saju, Ph D; 2Prof. Lynette Joubert; 3Nicole hill, Ph D
1. Assistant Professor and Director, Rajagiri International Centre for Consortium Research in Social Care, Rajagiri College of Social Sciences, & Principal Investigator, UKIERI Project
2. Professor, Melbourne School of Health Sciences, University of Melbourne
3. Assistant Professor, Melbourne School of Health Sciences, University of Melbourne

Saju, M.D, et al. "COLLABORATIVE MENTAL HEALTH PRACTICE RESEARCH ACROSS CULTURES ON THREE ISSUES; A SUPERVISION MODEL FOR SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, vol. 4, no. 2, Feb. 2019, pp. 930-947, Accessed Feb. 2019.
Saju, M., Joubert, P., & Hill, N. (2019, February). COLLABORATIVE MENTAL HEALTH PRACTICE RESEARCH ACROSS CULTURES ON THREE ISSUES; A SUPERVISION MODEL FOR SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH. Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, 4(2), 930-947. Retrieved from
Saju, M.D, Prof. Lynette Joubert, and Nicole Hill. "COLLABORATIVE MENTAL HEALTH PRACTICE RESEARCH ACROSS CULTURES ON THREE ISSUES; A SUPERVISION MODEL FOR SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research 4, no. 2 (February 2019), 930-947. Accessed February, 2019.

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A collaborative research programme was established between the Practice Research Programme in Health and Mental Health (PRP) in the Department of Social Work at The University of Melbourne and Rajagiri College of Social Sciences, Kerala, to collaborate on three separate mental health-related research projects. These projects were current in the PRP when the collaboration was formed, and the opportunity was welcomed by both stakeholders to share the measurement tools, research expertise and supervision and to conduct three projects in Indian communities: Study 1: Understanding the needs of the vulnerable and at-risk dependent children of clients/patients receiving mental health services Study 2: An exploratory study into the psychosocial context of aged clients receiving treatment at Aged Persons Mental Health Service: the development of guidelines for psychosocial intervention Study 3: Suicide prevention and the management of self-harm.
This collaboration commenced with a full-day workshop run by professors from Melbourne and a professor from Rajagiri, with twenty 2nd year postgraduate Social Work students at Rajagiri College of Social Sciences to train them in study methodologies (i) clinical data mining, (ii) client interviews and focus groups iii) analysis and reporting. This was followed by Skype and telephone mentoring by professors from Melbourne to increase research capacity of the students in three separate research studies. The research has highlighted areas of social risk and opportunity as they contribute to outcomes for people with mental health issues in Indian communities. This not only contributed to the shared knowledge base of mental health but in addition promote a more effective mental health service inclusive of social and cultural determinants.