Community Health, Psychosocial and Capacity Building; Obtained by CHA

Project Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies Limited (CHA)
Objectives

• To strengthen and build the local capacity through sustainable self-help mechanisms and promoting culturallyaccepted psychosocial intervention. • To develop the local capacity with a background in psychology, within the government and non-governmental sectors by ensuring that the affected population with psychological issues, minor or major mental health disorders are addressed and tackled. • To raise awareness among targeted beneficiaries on the importance of community mental health and psychological first aid. • To ensure the quality inputs for the psychosocial sector development in Sri Lanka

Project Partners Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies Limited (CHA)
Activities

• Conducting research on the needs of the affected population and required intervention related for psychosocial wellbeing • Publication of reading and reference materials and to develop interactive communication tools (Education websites, documentaries etc) • Formation of area specific resource teams and training them on diagnosis, basic psychosocial intervention and referral systems to local resources on psychosocial and mental health • To strengthen the self-help groups from selected 4 villages to ensure psychosocial wellbeing in the village • Training for psychosocial workers counsellors and befrienders from both NGO and Government sectors working in the targeted district and to establish the coordination mechanism among the resources • Awareness creation on psychosocial problems and intervention methodsto the general public through appropriate tools such as household visits, community gathering, by using media and distribution of materials

Locations Jaffna, Sri Lanka
Period June 2013 – March 2014
Accomplishments

• MERCY Malaysia completed four trainings in two trips 31 July – 6 August 2013 • Training on Management and Strategic Planning for mental health and psychosocial support services in Jaffna for government officials • Gender based violence workshop • Creative Play Therapy for school counsellors

Background
Following the conflict- and tsunami-afflicted Jaffna District, MERCY
Malaysia identified the need for psychosocial interventions in the
villages where primary medical support was provided. Records
showed many patients with psycho-somatic complaints seeking
psychosocial interventions. Psychosocial intervention is one of
MERCY Malaysia developmental programmes.

MERCY Malaysia’s efforts
Psychosocial intervention is one of MERCY Malaysia
developmental programmes through the provision of various
trainings and workshops. Trainings included Training on
Management and Strategic Planning for mental health and
psychosocial support services in Jaffna for government officials,
a gender-based violence awareness workshop, Creative Play
Therapy for school counsellors, Training on Intervention Skills and
Techniques for Mental health and Psychosocial Support Services
for government officials; and training on ‘Intervention Skills and
Techniques for working with Adolescence in a School Setting’ for
school counsellors.