mental health

         awareness training

Ideally, mental health and psychosocial interventions should be linked and integrated across key human development sectors and relevant government structures. This integration is rarely the case in chronic stress environments, post-conflict countries, or post-emergency settings. The majority of investments done in the humanitarian settings are made in buildings and equipment, instead of people and services.

I wish to play a significant role in integrating mental health into primary health care and education, focusing on Mental Health Awareness Training on primary health care workers, school teachers, and community leaders.

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Health sector – Mental Health Awareness Training of primary health care workers will be focusing on:

  • Overseeing mental health policies and activities in the region;

  • Helping them recognize and manage common mental disorders often associated with conflicts (depression, anxiety, PTSD);

  • Identifying and addressing the psychological effects of sexual abuse and violence against women;

  • Recognizing children with mental and psychosocial disorders;

  • Health promotion through the prevention of alcohol and drug abuse;

  • Referring to especial mental health services depending on the psychological issues;

  • Ensuring the availability of the essential mental health drugs;

  • Establishment and strengthening of data collection and monitoring systems in their primary health center (to help mental health advocacy and creating of policies and plans);

  • Leading coordination actions with key stakeholders and partners in mental health for primary care services.

 

The Mental Health Awareness Training will allow care providers to be better equipped to manage mental health problems in their primary health centers.

 

Education sector – Mental Health Awareness Training of school teachers will be focusing on:

  • Providing teachers with the skills to recognize children with severe mental and psychosocial problems;

  • Furnishing teachers with "Helpful Active Listening" for children with milder mental and psychosocial issues;

  • Referring to children with mental health problems to more specialized treatment;

  • Listing available mental health and psychosocial resources in their community;

  • Establishing a data collection system to track those children with mental and psychosocial disorders (to help mental health advocacy and to expedite policies and plans in this sector);

  • Leading coordination actions with key stakeholders and partners in mental health for the education sector.

 

The Mental Health Awareness Training will allow teachers to be better equipped to manage mental health problems in their primary and secondary schools.

 

Social Protection - Mental Health Awareness Training for community leaders (religious, traditional, and political leaders, local NGOs) will be focusing on:

  • Empowering affected communities to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental and psychosocial distress on their community members;

  • Explaining them the symptoms at an individual level, such as lack of sleep, feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness, depression, anxiety, suicide ideation, and substance abuse (drugs and alcohol);

  • Describing symptoms at the community level include increases in inter-personal violence, teenage pregnancies, school drop-outs, disaffected youth, and various manifestations of antisocial behavior;

  • Enabling communities to support those suffering from mental and psychosocial disorders due to conflict or post-emergency settings;

  • Facilitating communities to help those members with mental and psychosocial disorders to seek care;

  • Listing available mental health and psychosocial resources in their community;

  • Stimulate the searching of key stakeholders and partners to set mental health and psychosocial support community programs.

 

The Mental Health Awareness Training will allow community leaders to be better equipped to manage mental health problems in their neighborhoods.

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