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Training programme on children’s mental health held in Pulwama

One of the members addressing participants during a capacity-building training programme on children mental health at GDC Pulwama on Nov 23, 2022.

Pulwama: A capacity-building training programme on ‘the identification of mental health/psycho-social issues among children and adolescents was conducted at Govt Government Degree College Pulwama on Wednesday by Child Guidance and Well Being Centre (CGWC) IMHANS Kashmir (under the MHPSS program of UNICEF) in collaboration with district child protection unit (Mission Vatsalya) Pulwama.

During the Training Program, technical sessions were held to make the audience acquaint with the mental health issues among children and their remedies. The first session was held by Syed Mujtaba (Coordinator) who introduced and overviewed the importance of integration of Mental Health Psycho-Social Support (MHPSS) in the Child Protection System.

He highlighted the importance of mental health capacity-building sessions for the village, block-level child protection committee members.

He also explained the role of CPC members in communities and their role in better referral of children in need of psycho-social and mental health services.

Mental Health Counsellor, Nida Zahra talked about the dimensions of mental health, risks, and protective factors.

Clinical Psychologist, Dr Bilal talked about mental health and psychosocial problems among children with a special focus on children at Child Care Institutes (CCI’s). Touseef Rashid, a Psychiatric Social worker discussed communication skills and referral pathways for children who want to get help.

Also, Sabreena Mushtaq, protection officer, institutional care at DCP unit Pulwama held the session on child rights, Mission Vatsalya Schemes.

Participants from the block and village child protection committee members from DCPU Pulwama, HWVO members, and JKASW participated in the programme.

The programme concluded with a vote of thanks presented by Umar Mukhtar, Advocacy Coordinator CGWC IMHANS.

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