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Local Depression under spotlight with workshops planned

Local Depression under spotlight with workshops planned

The Ministry of Health and Social Development will embark on the training of clinicians, caregivers and other healthcare workers as well as members of the public on the signs and symptoms of depression as part of a workshop to be hosted on October 6, 2022.

Chief of Drugs and Pharmaceutical Services, Mrs. Gracia Wheatley-Smith said the workshop will be held on Wednesday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m. via the Zoom platform and will educate participants on the epidemiology of depression and practical tips in the clinical use of antidepressants.

“We need to increase awareness… There have been quite a number of prescriptions received to treat depression along with an increased need to import psychotropics to treat persons experiencing depression,” Ms Whealtey-Smith added.

Chief of Drugs and Pharmaceutical Services, Mrs. Gracia Wheatley-Smith said the workshop will be held on Wednesday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m. via the Zoom platform and will educate participants on the epidemiology of depression and practical tips in the clinical use of antidepressants.


More awareness of depression


“We expect that following this workshop the depressed patient will get enhanced medical care, persons will be more informed and aware of the signs and symptoms to be able to help someone affected, and with the new knowledge we can improve our lifestyles and rally together to assist persons in need early,” she said.

The workshop is being facilitated by former Head of the OECS/PPS and Individual Consultant in Medicines and Supply Chain Management, Mr. Francis Burnett and Director of Turning Point St. Lucia, Mr. Robert Huggins who has a Masters in Counselling Psychology.

Health practitioners including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians allied health professionals, care givers, family members and persons diagnosed with depression are welcomed to register for the workshop at a cost of $10.00.

Three continuing education credits will be available for clinicians. Persons can contact Mrs. Smith via telephone at 468-9850 or via email at grwheatley-smith@gov.vg to register for the Elevating the Depressed Patient workshop.

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