Per­sons with non-spe­cial­ist skills trained on men­tal health

Stabroek News Sunday - - STABROEK NEWS -

The Min­istry of Pub­lic Health (MoPH) re­cently com­pleted a work­shop in Re­gion Six for per­sons with non-spe­cial­ist skills to as­sist with the de­liv­ery of men­tal health ser­vices. Ac­cord­ing to a De­part­ment of Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion (DPI) re­lease, more than 50 per­sons have ben­e­fited from this train­ing, which is cur­rently in the sec­ond phase in Re­gion Six, East Ber­bice Coren­tyne. Prac­ti­tion­ers from health cen­tres and hos­pi­tals across Ber­bice were in­volved in the four-day train­ing ses­sion which ran from Oc­to­ber 22 to 25, at the Re­gional Health Ser­vices Re­gion Six board­room. Se­nior Psy­chol­o­gist (MoPH) and lec­turer at the work­shop, Ba­lo­gun O. Osun­biyi, was quoted as say­ing “When you have men­tal health ser­vices in a com­mu­nity where the po­ten­tial pa­tient is com­ing from, there is much more ben­e­fits for the pa­tient and the health­care provider”. Di­rec­tor of Re­gional Health Ser­vices, Je­vaughn An­drew Stephen en­cour­aged the prac­ti­tion­ers to use the knowl­edge gained to en­sure they de­liver proper and ef­fi­cient health care ser­vices. This ex­er­cise, which con­cen­trates on the in­te­gra­tion of men­tal health into pri­mary care, is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Min­istry of Pub­lic Health and Pan Amer­i­can Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (PAHO) and fo­cuses on the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion’s (WHO) Men­tal Health GAP Ac­tion Pro­gramme (mhGAP). The train­ing mod­ule used was crafted fol­low­ing stud­ies pre­sented in var­i­ous mod­ules in­clud­ing the one used in Belize. It is a com­mu­nity-based men­tal health ap­proach that has helped in the re­duc­tion of sui­cide cases in the coun­try from 44.2 for ev­ery 100,000 peo­ple to 26.4. The MoPH in col­lab­o­ra­tion with PAHO, will also ex­e­cute a Prob­lem Man­age­ment Plus train­ing ex­er­cise which will tar­get faith-based or­gan­i­sa­tions and other so­cial groups. Di­rec­tor of Re­gional Health Ser­vices of Re­gion Six, Je­vaughn An­drew Stephen (seated at cen­tre) and Lec­turer/Se­nior Psy­chol­o­gist, Ba­lo­gun O. Osun­biyi (seated at right) along with par­tic­i­pants of the men­tal health train­ing work­shop. (DPI photo)

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