Mental Health and Wellness

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Tuesday, July 7th to Wednesday, September 30th

Please join us in an online, open forum on telehealth. NCB is providing an opportunity for clinicians to ask each other questions, share observations and adapted telehealth protocols for the SoT population via an online forum and technical exchange. This conversation will be a forum for peer-led informational exchange. NCB staff will assist in facilitating and monitoring the conversation.

Directions: Please watch Eugene Augusterfer’s presentation and interview Telemedicine in Mental Health first. Then feel free to join us in this open forum. All are welcome to join this forum, whether you have an account on Healtorture.org or not. For more information on using the forum, please read the directions on the first post. Please keep your comments respectful, relevant, factual, and do not share identifying information about clients per client privacy and HIPAA regulations. This forum will be open from July 6, 2020 through September 30, 2020.

Supporting the mental health and well-being of survivors of torture is essential to treatment and we are pleased to be able to share with you some new resources to help you meet your client’s mental health care needs. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an 8-hour long training relevant to both refugees and refugee service providers. The MHFA course can help improve mental health knowledge, skills, and confidence to help individuals with depression, anxiety, psychosis and substance abuse problems. The MHFA training is primarily focused on promoting skills to assess warning signs and symptoms of clients and establishing appropriate referral systems. For more information: 

  or visit https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/cs/.

MHFA training is also a valuable resource for learning about suicide prevention. Learn more about how the course addresses this pressing concern. 

NCB discussed this topic as well as part of our Measured Impact Webinar series (MIW) in an installment on Case Management and the Suicidal Client. Other webinars from this series are archived on HealTorture.org.

For additional resources specifically focused on supporting refugee mental health and wellness, review the RES Mental Health and Wellness Brochure. 

Provided by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), it includes descriptions and website links to the many organizations that are working on these issues.  

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