THE city government, in collaboration with the Philippine Mental Health Association (PMHA), Cagayan de Oro-Misamis Oriental Chapter will be implementing the Mental Health Community-Based Program (MCHBP) in the city.
This, after the 18th City Council enacted recently an ordinance authorizing City Mayor Oscar Moreno to enter into and sign the Memorandum of Agreement with the PMHA covering the program.
In his letter to the City Council, Mayor Oscar Moreno said the laudable program seeks to focus on the increasing cases of mental health in the local government unit.
The agreement provides that the city, through the city mayor and the City Health Office, will collaborate with PMHA to provide preventive community-based mental health activities through training of Barangay Health Workers (BHW) for the benefit of its constituents.
Under the program, the PMHA will conduct seminars for 65 BHWs. These BHWs will be trained on how to promote mental health through the conduct of “Kalusugang Pangkaisipan” lectures.
BHWs will also be trained to identify early signs and symptoms of mental disorders and how to refer individuals with mental health concerns.
The PMHA shall provide for the meals and training materials, including handouts for the BHWs, and conduct monitoring, evaluation, and focused group discussion among the participants.
For its part, the city shall provide manpower assistance during the implementation of the mental health program, and select representatives to the MHCBP seminar. (sp)