Mental Health Professionals in the country has received training in Maternal Mental Health, Emotional Intelligence and Mental Health First Aid. This maiden cohort is the beginning of series of trainings designed for the members of the ‘Maternal Mental Health, Emotional Intelligence & Mental Health First Aid Project. The training was held from the 1st to the 4th of August, 2019 at University of Professional Studies Legon in Accra.
In his opening address Mr. David Naboare, Project Director hinted on the need for the mental health professionals to be abreast with new dimension on how professionals and policy makers in mental health could tackle mental health issues and also try to look at some fundamental problems and finding appropriate solutions to them in the country. He expressed worry of the neglect of Maternal Mental Health issues, Emotional Intelligence and Mental Health first Aid capacity building in the primary health care system and put out many suggestions on how Mental Health Professionals could appropriately deal with contemporary challenges to be client specific
The chairwoman of the occasion Mrs. Kodzo Lalit Dzifa used the opportunity to outline the main objectives of the Maternal Mental Health, Emotional Intelligence & Mental Health First Aid Project Ghana. These were; advocacy, awareness creation, capacity building, patient support, research, professional training, job creation and mental health policy.
Mr. Ayamba Adamu the Project Coordinator hinted members that the training among other things will look into maternal mental health and maternal mental health disorders, how to promote maternal mental health and how to identify distressing mothers. He was of the view that addressing these concerns will promote good mothering and ensure infant and child health.
The project consultant who also doubles as the master trainer in emotional intelligence, Mr. James Kwesi Addison of ‘Addison International Center for Emotional Intelligence’ took the participants through the step by step strategies of emotional self-awareness and emotional self-management. Participants were also given strategies to ensure they self-protect to avoid absorbing distressing emotions.
In his closing remarks Mr James Kwesi Addison urged participants to utilize the knowledge acquired to identify, understand, prevent and manage people that use their services to provide optimum and patient centered care empathetically. He finally challenged the professionals to work as one and collaboratively see each another as partners in development of Mental Health which is a critical area in health care of our times in the world and not only Ghana.
The first cohort training brought together twenty – two Mental Health Professionals made up of Mental health and Psychiatric Tutors with several years of experience, Mental Health Nurses and Mental Health Officers.
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