Psychological First Aid workshop organised

Psychological First Aid workshop organised

“The situation is one that has affected our young ones the most. We need to address their psychological needs,” Dr. Muzaffar Khan, Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Centre for Mental Health Services Kashmir, said.

In wake of the current situation, Psychological First Aid workshop was organized for volunteers and organizations working on mental health here today.

A one-day workshop organsied by Centre for Mental Health Services Kashmir with the collaboration from Help Foundation, Directorate of Health Services Kashmir and supported by Royal College of Psychiatry and WHO Geneva was conducted. The participants were given hands on training on need assessment of individuals psychological needs and taught nuances of providing effective Psychological First Aid.

“The situation is one that has affected our young ones the most. We need to address their psychological needs,” Dr. Muzaffar Khan, Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Centre for Mental Health Services Kashmir, said.

He also gave a detailed talk on how to maximize the ‘innate coping strategies’ of the community. “Communication channels need to be kept open. Communication is one of the most effective tools of healing,” he said.

Dr Sayeed Aqeel Hussain, Consultant Psychiatrist Lincolnshire Partnership, NHS Foundation Trust UK was one of the trainers at the occasion.

The workshop included role plays, and detailed the four cardinal pints of Psychological First Aid – preparation, Looking, Listening and Linking.

The participants included volunteers and representatives from international organizations.