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Health workers, volunteers trained in trauma recognition

AHSAG at the 44th Annual General Meeting

Health workers and mental health volunteers from three assemblies were trained to learn about trauma recognition and referral procedures to assist in the rehabilitation of people with psychosocial needs.

The participants, who were from Tamale Metropolis, Sagnarigu Municipality and Zabzugu District in the Northern Region, were explained what psychological trauma is, what the symptoms are, what to look for, the reference network, the role of the various reference actors, among others.

The training was part of the project to strengthen access to timely and quality rehabilitation for survivors of torture and organized violence in Ghana implemented by BasicNeeds-Ghana, a mental health and development advocacy organization. development, in partnership with the Mental Health Society of Ghana, and funded by the Danish Institute Against Torture (DIGNITY Institute).

The project aims to improve access to rehabilitation through trauma-informed mental health and psychosocial support for those affected by developing the organizational capacities of partners and formal and informal health structures, and by raising awareness and promoting the application of laws and policies at local and local levels. national levels.

Mr. Hannan Tizaa Legend, Project Officer at BasicNeeds-Ghana, who made a presentation at the training in Tamale, urged participants to quickly refer people with psychosocial needs and trauma to appropriate facilities to receive care. necessary for their rehabilitation.

Mr Hannan said many people walking the streets naked could have been cured if they had been directed to appropriate facilities as soon as they started showing signs and symptoms of psychosocial needs and trauma.

Mr. Hannan emphasized that “punctuality is very important. Indeed, inaction or any delay will aggravate the client’s case. So, speed is very important because if we do not react appropriately, the person cannot be healed. Those we see in our streets walking naked; they walk naked because the response was not fast enough. Speed ​​is therefore essential to rehabilitation.

He reminded various referral actors, including the Department of Social Welfare, CHRAJ and DOVVSU, of their crucial role in rehabilitating clients, encouraging them to be proactive in protecting and supporting clients when cases were brought to them. referred.

He encouraged health workers and mental health volunteers to continue home visits, collect data, attend self-help group meetings and share information about events in their communities with partners. of the project.

Mr. Peter Yaro, Executive Director of BasicNeeds-Ghana, said people with mental health were not just those on the streets, adding “we have a lot more of them in workplaces and at home”, reiterating the organization’s commitment to improving mental health and mental well-being. of all.

Ane Viller Hansen, Public Health Advisor, DIGNITY, commended health workers and mental health volunteers for the important work they were doing in communities to help rehabilitate people with psychosocial needs and trauma.

Anne-Mette Karrer, Senior Clinical Advisor, DIGNITY commended Basic-Needs-Ghana for creating close collaboration between different stakeholders, who supported people with mental illness, which was important in providing support to people with mental illness. of mental illness in the country.

Miss Lucy Bayuo, Mental Health Officer at Bagabaga Health Center in Sagnarigu Municipality, who attended, praised the training saying she further deepened her knowledge on caring for people with psychosocial needs and trauma .

She said it would go a long way to help “the people we help in the communities.”

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