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Next steps: how to move forward after war

The Armenian Psychiatric Association presented actions to imporve mental health after war:

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Dear compatriots, colleagues,

 

During war and after military actions the Armenian Psychiatric Association was involved in activities targeting:

  • • Wounded servicemen
  • • Evacuated citizens
  • • Families with loses

            • COVID-19 patients

The activities were aimed at mental health maintenance and recovery, coordination of the volunteer work. All actions were coordinated in cooperation with the RA Ministry of Defense, the RA Ministry of Health, the RA Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, municipalities and other non-governmental organizations and representatives of international organizations as well as individuals.

Now, summarizing the work done, compiling the accumulated information, our own and international experience, the Armenian Psychiatric Association presents the following actions to improve the mental health of vulnerable groups and the general public։

 

  1. To initiate situation  analysis and needs assessment as well as database creation of following vulnerable groups:
  • • Injured
  • • Families of the missing
  • • Families of victims
  • • Captives and their families
  • • Evacuated citizens
  • • War participants with mental health problems
  1. To initiate mapping of organizations who provide mental health services (Activities / Capacity, Geography, etc.).
  2. To establish general network among mental health services in all regions of the Republic of Armenia based on the needs assessment and in accordance with the existing resources, to provide the necessary assistance to the above-mentioned groups of population.

4. To organize licensing / accreditation process for clinical psychologists.

5. To develop Mental Health Maintenance and Improvement Strategy for years 2021-2025, and to take measures to ensure fulfillment of the above mentioned Strategy

6. To ensure continues work of the psychological support hotline (060-834777), which will provide emergency psychological help and will connect population with appropriate mental health services.

7. To develop strategy to influence public consciousness to reduce the psychological effects of war and to increase psychological endurance and coping mechanisms.

8. To organize trainings for mass media representatives to ensure appropriate communication of potentially harmful information.

9. To foresee vocational training programs for psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers to deal with postwar situation.

10. To review university educational and training programs for mental health professionals and social workers

11. To foresee vocational training courses for teachers and kindergarten educators on information transfer approaches.

12. To initiate development and adaptation of guidelines for mental health professionals who work with losses, with people with injuries, with the displaced population and with others who need mental health support.

13. To work for stigma reduction.

14. To organize scientific research in parallel with the work with the above-mentioned vulnerable groups.

15.To establish a Coordination Council, the main objectives of which will be data management, coordination of the planned activities, as well as to publication and dissemination of  the electronic bulletins on the activities of international and local mental health and humanitarian organizations.

 

We call on all interested state non-governmental and  other organizations to as well as individuals, to become a part of the mentioned activities. As mental health professionals, we will do our best։ we are ready to cooperate with all organizations and individuals and to discuss any proposal for the solution of the mentioned problems. If you have any questions, you can write PM to our official FB page, call (099-544477) or visit our office (Yerevan, Nalbandyan str. 47).

 

Board of the Armenian Psychiatric Association

Executive Committee of the Armenian Psychiatric Association

2020-12-14

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