Mental health and The Family

Time: Feb 28, 2012
Location: QNCC, Doha, Qatar

Aimed to raise awareness about the important impact of Mental Health on Family Life.

The event’s agenda included the following: Dr. Samantha Callan Chairman-in Residence at the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) in UK detailed the outcomes of the recent “Report on Mental Health,” a research project funded by DIIFSD and launched in London on 31 October 2011.

Dr. Charles Johnson, Director of the Public Policy Research Institute (PPRI) at Texas A&M (TAMU), highlighted important research projects on disability, undertaken by PPRI in collaboration with DIIFSD.

Dr. Ziad Nahas, Chair of Psychiatry at the American University of Beirut, presented research examining the latest somatic interventions, highlighting the progressive learning and adaptations that help the depressed patient reach a stable remission. His Presentation was titled: ‘Chronic neuromodulation for depression: What does it take to sustain recovery’.

Michael Lilley, Founder Director, My Time CIC tackled the issue of Family Mental Health & Disability across Culture, Faith, Diversity and Ethnicity – My Time Approach.

Nada Khawaja, well known for her book written in French, “C’est un enfant lui aussi” “He is a child too”, which was later translated to Arabic “Waladounkasa’ir el awlad”. The book is a testimony of what she and her family went through with her son who has special needs. She talked about “The Impact of Disability on the Family”.

Dr. Mohammad Al-Attrash, Director of Psychological Services and Family Support, Shafallah Center For Children with Special Needs, described the services Shafallah Center is providing to the families of children with special needs, and the programs that are tailored to supporting the families and increasing awareness in the community.

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