By Analou De Vera
The Department of Health (DOH)-Calabarzon recently conducted a training program on mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) for the employees of the Department of Education (DepEd) and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in the region.
Regional Director Eduardo Janairo said that the training program aims to equip the participants with basic knowledge, proper skills, as well as attitude “in the promotion of mental health and the provision of psychosocial care intervention to affected population in their areas of assignment.”
“This is in preparation for DepEd and BJMP personnel in handling and helping out vulnerable groups under their stewardship during times of calamity,” said Janairo.
Janairo said that children, pregnant women, and elderly people are the most affected during disasters.
“[They] take a relatively high share of the disease burden associated with emergencies,” he added.
The health official said that the training will help participants in assisting these vulnerable groups.
“It is also to broaden the roles and functions of the participants in assisting their co-workers, family, friends, and the community, in case of adverse life events such as epidemics and disasters and the establishment of a functional system for the provision of mental health and psychosocial support,” said Janairo.