Sidra Medical Center Launches a Campaign to Promote Mental Health in Children , Adolescents

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Doha, April 15 (QNA) - The Sidra Medicine Child and Adolescent Psychiatry team has undertaken a robust community engagement program for 2018 to complement its pediatric and adolescent mental health services.
Over the coming months, the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry team Sidra Medicine, a member of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development , will be attending several school and community events to raise awareness of mental health topics and ways in which Sidra Medicine experts can help. These events include the 4thAnnual Symposium of Community Mental Health Services in Qatar on 19 April; the Renaud Academys workshop on "Autism: Seeing the Spectrum differently" on 25 April and a joint one day symposium in collaboration with American School of Doha. This is in addition to the presentation Qatar Foundation (QF) school meetings where staff from all QF schools come together to share expertise.
One of the key messages the team of Sidra hopes to share with the community is the need for more awareness and education about teen depression. Depression is treatable if patients seek help and Sidra Medicine is committed to ensuring that parents, family members, teachers, school counsellors and others are aware of the signs and treatment options available to them in Qatar.
School counselors can refer students with depression to the Pediatric and Adolescent Mental Health Clinic at Sidra Medical Center by filling out the center referral form.
Sidra Medicines community outreach efforts complement its Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) inpatient consult team, which offers the first such comprehensive service for children and young people in the Middle East. The team provides care to those admitted to medical, surgical and intensive care units. Services include assessment and treatment recommendations of complex co-occurring medical and psychiatric disorders such as mood disorders, suicidal thoughts or attempts, behavioral problems and adjustment to chronic medical illnesses.(QNA)