Factors that engender social suffering

  • People living with and at risk for HIV/HCV are disproportionately affected by mental health issues
  • These mental health concerns range from problematic to severe and persistent
  • There’s a strong correlation between these mental health concerns and the social determinants of mental health
  • The most prevalent and persistent issues find their roots in historical and current experiences of trauma, grief and loss and consequential substance use issues
  • In addition to the range of mental health concerns of the general population, people living with HIV and HCV have some unique and complex needs- and these needs are not well-understood within the mental health profession and as a consequence, it is very difficult to access the mental health expertise often needed-particularly in rural settings
  • Frontline workers are left to provide the bulk of mental health care and require the skills and knowledge to help facilitate the mental health needs of their clients
  • While there is considerable evidence about the access barriers to mental health care, there is a lack of evidence about what people living with HIV/HCV actually really need to assist with healing