Friday, January 9, 2009 - Saint Lucia’s
Mental Health Reform Programme will mark another milestone in its development of
a comprehensive mental health care programme in St. Lucia. Over the next two
weeks commencing January 12, 2009 the island mental health services will be the
beneficiary of the Rockhurst University’s international service learning
Through this programme, a team of Occupational Therapy Education personnel from,
the Rockhurst University in Missouri USA, will be on island to assist in staff
training and programme development.
During the stay of the Rockhurst University officials here, they will engage in
a series of workshops for mental health staff and clients and will render much
needed assistance with the community mental health initiative scheduled to be
launched in Soufriere.
The aim of the mission to Saint Lucia is to introduce best practices to those
served in mental health settings as well as to provide a rich learning and
practical experience for the University students and mental health staff in
Rockhurst University prides itself as being a leading teaching institution that
extends the benefit of its academic programme well beyond its students to
include practitioners in the field of occupational therapy education who
otherwise may not be able to be enrolled in a formal programme.
The trip was made possible at the request of the Mental Health Reform Project in
Saint Lucia in collaboration with Peace Core Volunteer, Megan Hawks, who
previously worked with the mental health services in Saint Lucia.
Miss Jennifer Joseph
Director Mental Health Reform Project
(758) 453-1440/ (758) 452-5151 Fax/(758) 452-5655