Hamad Medical Corporation has launched a training and education program for health professionals in Qatar to raise awareness of mental health and mental disorder diagnosis.
The training program was developed by the Mental Health Team and with the support of the Hamad International Training Center and is aimed at all healthcare professionals as it is designed to give them a good understanding of common mental disorders and how to diagnose them.
Dr.Khaled Abdel Nour, director of the Hamad International Training Center and senior consultant in the field of emergency medicine, said the commitment to developing mental health expertise among healthcare professionals has been around for some time and the Covid-19 pandemic has stimulated its introduction. program because the importance of mental health emerged from comprehensive care. Importantly, this year there is an urgent need to support the skill development and health of health professionals.
He indicated that improving the skills and professional capacity of public and private sector workers will have a positive impact on workers and the health of patients in Qatar.
A team of 200 emergency medical workers completed a training program earlier this month as part of the efforts to improve employee qualifications, and HMC intends to train all 1,500 emergency workers by the end of Q1 next 2021. The training program is part of a series of training programs available in the International Hamad Training Center, starting in January next year.
The program was successfully piloted earlier this year with the participation of a selected group of employees of the Supreme Commission on Childbirth and Heritage in preparation for the organization of large-scale events in Qatar to support the training of specialized teams working in various government sectors and raise their level of health awareness Mental and the skills necessary to diagnose it, due to the benefits of events such as the 2022 World Cup competition.
For her part, Ms Katia Warwick Smith, Program Leader and Deputy Executive Director of Clinical Services Development in Mental Health Services at HMC, explained that the training program focuses on the importance of academic learning and effective participation that aims to support health and the well-being of participants, and ensuring a good understanding of mental health principles as it covers the whole group. Topics include attitudes towards mental health, treatment options, communication skills, and diagnostic tools for some common problems.
Online training is offered by mental health professionals and includes 45 sessions.
For his part, Dr. Majed Al-Abdullah, Head of the Mental Health Service at HMC, explained the importance of the program to the development of mental health knowledge in Qatar as it is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness and train medical staff in the field of mental health.
He noted that this initiative complements the mental health promotion efforts that included the launch of the National Mental Health Helpline, which has increased the number of calls from all segments of the population in recent months, as the service has supported around 130,000 callers and directing cases that need more. Take care of a comprehensive medical consultation.
The mental health service is available toll-free on 16,000 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday to Thursday in several languages under the supervision of a team of mental health professionals.