Problem Management Plus (PM+) program is now in Duluth
Solving Mental Health problems is an ongoing struggle, while many people feel alone, but there are ways to help others when they feel comfortable asking for it. Problem Management Plus, is a program designed by the World Health Organization to help people struggling with mental health.
Duluth is the second city to embrace the Problem Management Plus program, although the first city is New York. Traci Marcinak, the president of the Miller Dwan foundation said the program helps people with stress, anxiety, depression, etc. “Problem Management plus or PM+ is really a boots on the ground, evidence based, scalable, mental health solution where you train lay people within certain parts of the community, to be able to provide mental health support to the people who live within their community.” Marcinak said.
The program helps people who are uninsured, but also people don’t know how to ask for help regarding their mental health. “This is an initiative that’s going to provide people access to care, and people who may be wouldn’t necessarily reach out for care, it’s really about bringing the care to the people where they’re at with the people they trust.” Marcinak said.