This episode was broadcasted on 8th October 2016 from Ujyaalo Radio Network. In this episode, we are talking about World Mental Health Day 2016 and its theme : ‘Dignity in Mental Health: Psychological and Mental First Aid for all.’
We are highlighting what is PFA, its importance and various other aspects of Mental Health Day. Feedback would be appreciated.
ToT on Post Crisis Pychological Care
June 3, 2015
Psychbiygaan team gave training to the 8 volunteers of Rise Nepal on the topic Post Crisis Psychological Care on June 2, 2015. It was conducted on the venue of Global Peace Foundation at Kamaladi, Kathmandu. The team members Kripa, Sujan and Sanjeev divided the session among themselves. It lasted for more than 3 hours.
Kripa started the session introducing team and session format for the day. Then, Sanjeev began the session with the relaxation techniques and mindfulness that can be applied to the affected children in the schools. It was a lively session with live practice and demonstration.
Then Kripa and Sujan jointly presented on the general topics of psychological care for more than 2 and half hours.. They taught the simple techniques and ways for post crisis intervention.They also talked about self care, counseling to children and dealing with affected people. The session saw many activities that made the participants more observant and not bored.
The most satisfying outcome of the session was the positive response from the participants. They told the trainers that they got many information which they can apply in the field while volunteering. Psychbigyaan team is thankful to Rise Nepal who believed in the team and gave this opportunity to share the knowledge. The team is encouraged and motivated to do such activities more in the coming days.
(Report by Sujan Shrestha)
On 24 th May, a month after the devastating Gorkha Earthquake, Psychbigyaan conducted 3 days Youth Engagement Camp in Chhauni Army Barrack with the collaboration and assistance from Youth Action Nepal. It’s been a month of the devastation and people are slowing coming with the terms of physical loss and damages but are still unaware of whats happening inside their mind. On this occasion Psychbigyaan team comprising of Sujan, Kripa and Sanjeev along with the volunteers of Youth Action Nepal stepped up to help the most vulnerable youths who have been sitting idle and were at the risk of psychological and emotional problems.
We successfully engaged around 50 youths of the age group 16-21 years for 3 days. On the first day we engaged the youth with socialization among the participants which helped them to get to know more about each other. Then there were games and easy techniques for controlling their mind and venting up their emotions and stress. On the second day, we engaged the youths with team building games and focussed group discussion. On the third day we devised a little dose of cognitive behavioural therapy which made them appreciate the positive aspect of the impacts of earthquake.
On a whole the program was successful and fulfilled its prime objective to engage and educate the youths so that it is easy for them to come out of this traumatic experience. There had been lacking of the psycho-socio programs particularly for the youth because most of the programs were targeted for playgroup kids because of which we felt the need for the psychosocio intervention for the youths. Not only were the participants benefitted but also the volunteers got to learn the psychological aspect of the programs which they could replicate in other places.
This program was difficult for us to conduct because first we were ourselves stressed because of the earthquake and we had never done such program . But at the end it had turned out to be fruitful and that has given the team an immense satisfaction. We are committed to do more such programs with improvisation plus other psycho-socio programs . Psychbigyaan team stands with and support for the earthquake victims. Stay tuned for more of our works.