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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 programme,

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 Saint Lucia.

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

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