Psychosocial Programmes for teachers and health workers

Project Psychosocial Programmes for teachers and health workers
Objectives

• To provide psychosocial and emotional support to adults • Increase the capacity of health workers for psychosocial support

Project Partners -
Activities

• Stress Debriefing • Disaster Trauma Skills Training

Locations Barangay Valencia, Ormoc City, Leyte, Philippines
Period November – December 2013
Accomplishments

70 teachers debriefed 40 health workers trained for Disaster Trauma Skills training

Background
Teachers and health workers were personally affected by the
tragedy and were also expected to provide support to the
communities. MERCY Malaysia believed that supporting these
individuals would provide them with a better capacity to cope
with the effects of Super Typhoon Haiyan.

MERCY Malaysia’s efforts
MERCY Malaysia held two separate stress debriefing sessions
with the teachers of Valencia Elementary School and Valencia
National High School. The sessions were conducted on a full
session where the teachers were given the opportunity to express
themselves and were also provided with emotional support by
MERCY Malaysia volunteer psychologists. 70 teachers benefitted
from these sessions.

MERCY Malaysia also provided psychosocial support through
Disaster Trauma Skills Training to 40 health workers. Two MERCY
Malaysia psychologist volunteers were deployed to hold the
training which was held in December.
Attendees of these programmes had expressed their feelings of
relief as their emotional needs were being supported in difficult
times.