Global Mental Health Training

by Tributaries International
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Global Mental Health Training
Global Mental Health Training
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Global Mental Health Training
Global Mental Health Training
Global Mental Health Training
Thank you!
Thank you!

Thank you so much for bringing mental health training to new areas this year!

Burundi and Peru are the latest nations to experience the Understanding People, Mental Health, and Trauma workshop for the first time. We were also able to bring the training to new locations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Pakistan.

Dr. Lyn Westman, Mental Health Program Senior Consultant, has traveled nearly nonstop this year, making up for lost time since the pandemic started.

Highlights:

  • DRC - 23 participants, including non-governmental organization staff and pastors
  • Burundi - 21 leaders from the Baptist Union of Churches
  • Peru - 15 church leaders attended, and two facilitators in training joined from Mexico, where they will begin to train others in the coming year.
  • Ecuador - 21 counselors and church leaders, part of an effort to establish ten community counseling centers
  • Pakistan - 122 participants with various roles, with many traveling from different parts of the country to attend.

Training for informal service providers creates an important layer of care and services within the community. These coincide with the World Health Organization’s recommended Optimal Mix for Mental Health Services and build up a part of national mental health policy and services.

Trained informal service providers, along with formal providers such as healthcare workers, make care available to more people with a wide range of problems, and at a lower cost. Since most people can be helped with counseling, this can reduce the strain on higher levels of care and provide bridges back to the community for those returning after treatment and/or long-term care.

You're making it easier to find help for mental health concerns in all of these places! Thank you!

Counseling lesson in Pakistan
Counseling lesson in Pakistan

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The eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo has seen decades of violence and natural disasters; with high numbers of displaced persons, children orphaned by war, victims of sexual violence and children associated with armed groups.

This causes enormous challenges and leads to serious mental health problems among children and their families. But local community organizations, like our friends at ELIKIA in Action, are working to meet the need for psycho-social care.

ELIKIA is the Congolese word for hope. Hope in the midst of conflict. Hope in the face of danger. Hope rooted and founded in Christ, who is faithful to us, even when our world is falling apart.

In January, you sent the Tributaries International mental health team, Dr. Lyn Westman and Pastor Samuel Kpavouvou, to Goma, DRC. 

This was an answered prayer for our friends at ELIKIA! They've been using Lyn's Baby Finds Grace to help children through grief and trauma since 2016, but still needed the full Understanding People, Mental Health, and Trauma training. 

Access to mental health care is limited (or non-existent) in so many parts of the world, but trained informal service providers can play a tremendous role in meeting the need. 

In Goma, 23 participants, including non-governmental organization staff and pastors, invested 40 hours in learning more about crisis, counseling, abuse prevention, and mental health. These dedicated leaders serve 300 hundred children, plus survivors of sexual violence and others in Goma affected by conflict and disaster. 

Together, they are working to ease suffering and promote hope in their community.

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As we enter a new year, we look forward to new opportunities to equip community service providers around the world to recognize and respond to mental health concerns.

The need is great, as grief, isolation, stress, and anxiety have increased with the pandemic. Many courageous and faithful formal and informal service providers are working to ease suffering. They are asking for help to understand how trauma affects people, and ways to respond.

In November, service providers in South Africa were trained, as well as formerly incarcerated men and women who learned life skills as well. This was part of an 18-month program with Mercy Ships for a unique program which also incorporated restorative justice and vocational training.

Here’s a brief look at what’s ahead in 2022:

Africa: Partners in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), have been asking for this training for years. Finally, the time has come! Not only DRC, but God has also opened a door to equip church leaders in Burundi. Then, through continued collaboration with Mercy Ships, more healthcare workers and leaders will be trained in Liberia, Senegal, Benin and South Africa.

The Americas: In Peru, we will work with churches and leaders of social programs, with a focus on children and domestic abuse. Hopefully, we will also be back in Ecuador for a second round of training, and plans are underway for Mexico, as well.

Your support for these projects means more help is available at the community level, and people dealing with grief, stress, mental disorders, and trauma can be met with compassion and understanding. 

Thank you!

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Counseling practice exercise, Liberia
Counseling practice exercise, Liberia

Thank you for your support for the Tributaries International mental health program. With your help, we continue to equip formal and informal service providers for the growing tsunami of mental health needs as stress, anxiety, and depression continue to rise.

We marked World Mental Health Day, a global event to raise awareness about mental health conditions, on October 10th. This year's theme is "Mental health in an unequal world," with a focus on the gap between the demand for mental health services and access to those services.

  • Stigma, discrimination and human rights abuses of people with mental health conditions remain widespread.
  • The gap between demand for mental health services and supply is substantial.
  • Health and other frontline workers, students, people living alone, and those with pre-existing mental health conditions have been particularly affected during the pandemic.
  • The number of mental health workers in high-income countries is more than 40 times higher than in low-income countries.

We're working to reduce the gap in mental health care by training service providers in healthcare, social services, and in the church. 

In November, we will join partners in South Africa for a project led by Mercy Ships. This mental health seminar follows vocational training, restorative justice, and life skills programs which ran troughout this year in the Eastern Cape.

After that, we're looking forward to a full schedule in 2022, with training in several nations, including Peru, Senegal, and Burundi.

Thank you for making this work possible!

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Training in Liberia
Training in Liberia

Oh, how we have looked forward to getting back into live, in-person training seminars! And as we go, we go with a big smile, knowing you have supported and cared for mental health at such a crucial time! Thank you!

In our home community in Virginia, over 30 people went through the program to equip a team of lay counselors to respond effectively to increasing mental health needs.

Though training events in Peru and Pakistan were postponed to next year, we were able to collaborate with Mercy Ships for three weeks of in-person training in Liberia. The Liberia project had been cut short when the pandemic first started. Now, in a program that ended just last month, more than 120 health care workers, spiritual leaders, police, and those serving in the justice system were equipped with basic mental health and counseling skills. In addition, 86 high school seniors learned the core lessons on models for understanding people and abuse prevention. The team will soon return to Senegal, and facilitators in Togo are starting with a new group this week.

In each training seminar, participants write out action plans. These plans often include training others. We train many in developing nations who are comfortable helping people, but they are less confident training others. In response, we’ve produced a set of videos for use by facilitators in live settings where the teaching is provided, and the leader facilitates discussion and activities. These videos are near completion, and we hope to make them available to leaders in several countries soon.

Here's an example of what can happen through this multiplication of training:

On May 22, Mount Nyiragongo erupted near the eastern city of Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The lava flow destroyed homes and businesses and set off a mass evacuation from the area. Hundreds of thousands were displaced, and many children were separated from their families. In the midst of this, our friends at ELIKIA DRC are working with children, using the book Baby Finds Grace to calm their anxious thoughts and stabilize emotions after this traumatic event. They were already working in the region, and were already equipped, because two years ago you helped bring one of ELIKA’s leaders, Josephine, from Goma to Cameroon for training. She returned home to train others, and you can see what a difference they are making in a region that has suffered so much. Thank you!

Training in the U.S.
Training in the U.S.

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