January-March 2019: Red Flags of Common Mental Health Disorders

The importance of mental health has been recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) since its origin, and is reflected by its definition of health as the “state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. Unfortunately, mental, neurological, and substance use (MNS) disorders remain prevalent. Sergio Osmeña is ranked number one by Dr. Hazel Biclar when it comes to incidence rate of mental health disorders in Zamboanga del Norte. At present, the municipality has no Municipal Health Officer which serves as a challenge for the nurses and midwives in the municipality to identify and assess patients suspected with MNS disorder.

            With the issues mentioned above, last February 11, 2019 the group spearheaded a one-day seminar entitled “Red Flags of Common Mental Health Disorders”, wherein 9 nurses and 13 midwives attended. The seminar was composed of; a.) health education to improve their knowledge. The top four common mental health disorders in the municipality were discussed, namely depression, psychosis, substance abuse and child mental and behavioral disorder. b.) video presentation on assessment module for each topic followed by a role play to improve their interviewing skills. Pre- and post- intervention test was administered.

            WHO’s mental health Gap Action Programme which was adapted by the Department of Health, served as the group’s reference for the health education and video presentation. The group member who did the lecture is mhGAP trained. Through this activity, the group aims to remove the stigma among mentally ill patients, give the nurses and midwives the confidence to assess patients with MNS condition and lastly, achieve better health outcomes.





We are nine (9) passionate, dedicated and goal-oriented medical students with diverse personalities who came together to achieve one goal. We are an all-scholar group with the intention to serve God and His people. For the next four years in the medical school, we have a vision to help the people in the community to become self-reliant. Through community participation and cooperation, everything can be achieved. We choose to serve the community. We choose to serve Venus. | web counter hits


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