In cooperation with Physicians for Human Rights, Gaza
Community Mental Health Programme has held on Thursday, December 3, 2020, a
study day on ‘mental health under Covid-19.
To conform with the social distancing rules, the participants
– GCMHP professionals and mental health diploma students – were divided into three groups in three
Dr Salah Al-Haj Yehya. Head of PHR’s delegation delivered a
speech in which he explained the type of cooperation and long-term relationship
between his organization and GCMHP. He also expressed his hope that such
cooperation, which dates back to the time of late Dr Iyad Al-Saraj, would
continue to grow.
Mr Mohammad Al-Zeer, Head of GCMHP Academic and Professional
Unit, presented his organization in
behalf of Dr Yassir Abu Jamei, the Director General.
Mr Al-Zeer thanked the participants and the delegation for
coming to Gaza – a trip that is so exhausting due to complicated procedures
visitors have to go through when they visit the besieged Strip.
Dr Jamal Dakooki, from PHR, made a presentation in the first
venue on the methods of communication between mental health service providers
and clients. He also talked about the skills of acquiring psychological immunity
which are essential for mental health services providers when dealing with
cases that suffer from psychological disorders.
In the second venue, Dr Sami Oweida, Director of GCMHP
Community Centre, made a presentation on the impact of Covid-19 on the mental
health state in the Gaza Strip.
Finishing the first session, the presenters swapped venues to
lecture to different groups.