It was a beautiful morning at the Ampara District General Hospital and I had yet another wholesome breakfast of rice, dhal, polsambol and egg. Dr. Hiranya then whisked me away to the auditorium to begin a half day training session on Psychological First Aid and Suicide Prevention for community support volunteers, police personnel, teachers, Counsellor’s, nurses, midwives, human rights commission staff, probations staff and hospital staff. This was followed by some input on suicide prevention.
I am so happy because I got to spend time with such an amazing team who do so much for their community and they are all very interested in mental health promotion. Dr. Hiranya recently won the best mental health team award from #BMJ
because of this team. Beautiful cohesion, and a passionate group of people. I feel so nourished and content with the work I managed to do today. I really believe that I improved their confidence levels and that they found new skills they can apply in their work. It’s so heartening to see this kind of team exist in Sri Lanka where things to be more hierarchical and power specific sometimes. Ampara is a beautiful example of how one humane, humble consultant psychiatrist can create a multidisciplinary team and of how to work together in a team. Amazing morning!
Onwards to working with dialysis nurses in the evening, talking about self care and end of life issues.
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