Tuesday 10 December, 2019

Health Ministry project to help improve children's' mental health

The Ministry of Health is launching a project to help improve the mental health of children.

In a release, the Ministry said the North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA) is launching CALM - Children and Adolescents Living with Mental Issues. 

The CALM Project initially started three months ago as a pilot in response to increasing reports of acute mental health crises including truancy, self-injurious behaviour, attempts and completed acts of suicide, body image and anxiety problems facing secondary school-aged students and young people within the region.

The initiative will be launched on Saturday. Also attending are Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh, Chairman of the NCRHA, Steve De Las; Chief Executive Officer, Davlin Thomas, Senior Clinical Staff, and other key persons who have worked on the project.

The Ministry said the pilot, which was successfully executed, was a collaboration between the NCRHA and the University of the West Indies and is fully endorsed by the Ministry of Health.

The launch will include stats on the performance of the pilot and will provide details on the next step and the rollout of the project in the next few months.

The CALM Project is a multi-disciplinary initiative by healthcare professionals to engage young people and their families through an interface with schools and communities to offer clinical services for adolescents in a 'private, confidential, adolescent-friendly environment'.

The Clinic specifically targets young people aged 12-19 who have been identified to be ‘at risk’ or already engaged in, or exposed to behaviours that put them at risk for untoward social, behavioural, educational or mental health outcomes.


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