NURSING STUDENTS AND PHRENAID HOST SUCCESSFUL MENTAL HEALTH WORKSHOP

NURSING STUDENTS AND PHRENAID HOST SUCCESSFUL MENTAL HEALTH WORKSHOP

UKZN’s School of Nursing in collaboration with Phrenaid, a non-governmental organisation that supports sufferers and family and friends of people with schizophrenia, hosted a Mental Health Workshop in honour of World Mental Health Day on October 8.

 

The theme for workshop was: Training in the Use of Scientific Assessment Tools for Determining Psychiatric Diagnosis and Extent of Disability and was presented and facilitated by two graduates of the advanced psychiatric nursing programme, Mrs Wendy Robinson and Mrs Rajani Isaac; and three current UKZN advanced psychiatric nursing students, Ms Lee-Ann Smith, Mrs Reena Ragawan, and Mrs Bongiwe Mthalane, as part of their Change Management Project.

 

Although intended for primary health care nurses and their managers, an impressive number of health professionals, psychiatric nurses and mental health care managers wanting to update their skills attended the workshop. The main objective was to establish effective, efficient psychiatric/mental health assessment and thus improve outcomes of the clinic-hospital-clinic path, and reduce family burden.

The topics presented ranged from ‘Mental State Examination: fast effective baseline assessment’, to ‘Side Effects not Symptoms!’, and screening and risk assessment tools for: Depression, Suicide, Anxiety and Dementia.

An additional programme of case studies, case presentations, and group discussions gave the delegates material they could adapt and use in their clinics or hospitals. Networking opportunities also made possible the sharing and identification of various problems and challenges faced at mental health care institutions.

Phrenaid’s Chairperson Mrs Ann D’unienville and Sister Wendy Robinson expressed their pleasure at the success of the workshop. Complimenting the students on their presentations and the value of the workshop as a whole, both also acknowledged a positive partnership between if (window.print) { window.print() }