Health Ministry organises orientation course for mental health volunteers

DUBAI — The Ministry of Health and Prevention recently organised an orientation course at Al Amal Hospital for Mental Health in Dubai to further encourage those wishing to work as volunteers in mental health and rehabilitation services.

The session was attended by Dr. Sharifa Al Emadi, Deputy Director of Al Amal Hospital, Dr. Amna Turki, Deputy Director for Medical Affairs, and a number of specialists in the fields, in addition to 50 volunteers from different universities and institutions.

The orientation focused on the policies for volunteering in mental health and psychological services and discussed various means of dealing with patients suffering from mental illness, including the rights and responsibilities of patients and their families. It also featured a lecture on cardiopulmonary resuscitation, CPR, and first aid training for emergency cases such suffocation and airway obstruction. The event included both theoretical and practical training, as well as panel discussions.

Dr. Yousef Al Serkal, Assistant Under-Secretary for the Ministry’s Hospitals Sector, noted that the orientation comes as part of efforts by Al Amal Hospital’s volunteer services department to help rehabilitate mental patients in order to better facilitate their integration into the community, and in adherence with the requirements of the National Mental Health Programme.

This, he explained, will contribute to the social, psychological and vocational empowerment of mental health patients in a sustainable environment, in adherence with the policies and legislations outlined by the wise leadership to promote social responsibility and volunteerism in line with the declaration of 2017 as the #Year_of_Giving.

Source: Emirates News Agency