Tuesday 18 September, 2018

UWI School of Nursing to host international Mental Health Symposium

Dr Claudina Cayetano (left), Professor Ben Thomas (right); keynote speakers for the symposium to be held at the Hilton Hotel on September 26 and 27 respectively.

Dr Claudina Cayetano (left), Professor Ben Thomas (right); keynote speakers for the symposium to be held at the Hilton Hotel on September 26 and 27 respectively.

The University of the West Indies St Augustine School of Nursing (UWISON) in collaboration with the London South Bank University, Pan American Health Organisation and World Health Organisation (WHO) will be hosting a two-day International Mental Health Symposium geared toward placing focus and capacity building efforts on key issues around mental health.

The symposium is scheduled for September 26 and 27 at the Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre.

The initiative forms 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 this year’s focus 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 keynote speaker is Professor Ben Thomas, Patient Safety Expert Adviser, Mental Health, NHS (London) and on day two, the keynote 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-sectoral, 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 de-stigmatisation of individuals who experience mental illness; and support the development of competence in responding to personal, as well as, societal mental health challenges.

Registration is ongoing online at https://sta.uwi.edu/fms/nursing/events.asp and registration fees are:

• Day 1 Only: TT$400.00 or US$60.00

• Day 2 Only: TT$400.00 or US$60.00

• Both Days: TT$750.00 or US$111.00

For further information, please call UWISON at 225-1026 ext. 3004 or email uwison@sta.uwi.edu.

 

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