Mental Health Training held in Belmopan Print E-mail
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Friday, 09 November 2018 00:00

A two day training on the Mental Health Global Action Programme (MHGAP) was recently held with Medical Officers, Nurses and Nursing students at the George Price Center in Belmopan. Some 40 doctors from all over the Country were trained on topics such as depression, suicide, psychosis and generally how to approach persons requiring mental health care.

The objective of the training was to build capacity in the diagnosis and treatment of Mental Health conditions that present themselves usually at the first point of contact within medical facilities such as the Emergency Room area.

“We hope to make mental health care more accessible in the clinics so with this training anyone, who has a mental health problem in addition to a physical problem who goes to a clinic can receive both types of services at the same time rather than having to be referred to see a psychiatric nurse or a psychiatrist; the doctors are now able to manage basic mental health problems,” says Mrs. Eleanor Bennet, Belize’s Director of Mental Health Programs.

This is the third training of its kind under the collaborative efforts of the Pan American Health Organization PAHO and the Ministry of Health. Facilitators are Dr. Fidel Cuellar, Medical Officer, San Ignacio Community Hospital and Dr. Claudina Cayetano, Mental Health Regional Advisor, PAHO. The participating doctors were only able to cover certain modules so another round of training will be taking place within the next few months.

“It makes it a lot easier for people to have access to mental health services, very important that we start to pay attention to the mental health and start to discuss these things with their doctors at the level of primary health care, and it takes away that stigma of having to go to a mental health clinic and then be ashamed to be seen there, if they go to a regular outpatient clinic then it takes away some of the stigma and it makes it easier for them to talk about their mental health issues,” adds Mrs. Eleanor Bennet.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 November 2018 15:06

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