No Health without Mental Health

UWI St. Augustine News

For Release Upon Receipt – September 3, 2018St. AugustineUWI School of Nursing to host international Mental Health SymposiumThe UWI St. Augustine School of Nursing (UWISON) in collaboration with London South Bank University, PAHO and WHO plan to bring much needed focus and capacity building efforts on key issues around metal health in a two-day International Mental Health Symposium. This is scheduled for 26 and 27 September 2018 and will be held at the Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre. The Symposium is part of the School of Nursing’s social responsibility agenda intended to have positive outcomes within the workplace using a multi-sectoral approach. These offerings would be implemented over a three-year period with thematic areas each year, with the focus this year being “No Health without Mental Health”, which is also the theme of the symposium. Two leading international mental health policymakers are carded to speak. On day one the key note speaker is Professor Ben Thomas, Patient Safety Expert Adviser, Mental Health, NHS (London) and on day two the key note will be delivered by Dr. Claudina Cayetano, Regional Adviser on Mental Health, PAHO (Washington). It is expected that this conference will result in increased knowledge and skills, of competence among health and other professionals in responding appropriately to mental health challenges affecting individuals, families and communities. Participants will be exposed to a range of resilience-building skills development opportunities to enhance clinical practice. The Symposium aims to provide solutions – keeping a commitment to collaborative efforts in addressing mental health challenges through solution focused and multi-disciplinary, multi-sectorial, support and partnerships; furnish participants with evidence based best practices and policies to respond appropriately to mental health challenges among clients; and support the development of a workplace culture that enables all members of staff to flourish. Overall, the Symposium will promote the destigmatisation of individuals who experience mental illness; and support the development of competence in …

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