Psychiatrist Kay Harvey and Specialist ADHD Nurse Sally Trowse have just spent a week in Belarus. This was a follow up to their first training visit 18 months ago.
They met with the parents who have been taking part in our Mental Health project. The mums were able to ask them lots of questions and were given new ideas about communicating with their children.And then they delivered two training programmes of 2 days each, the first to a mostly medical group and the second chiefly to teachers, speech and language therapists and psychologists. Most of the training was about working with children with ADHD or who are on the autistic spectrum, and included coping with challenging behaviour. Children are being diagnosed more now with ADHD in Belarus, but they are still not using medication for it. With the doctors there was also a lot of discussion about suicide prevention and managing self-harm.
Everyone was very receptive to the training and many asked if Kay and Sally could come back to do more in the future.
Their week began with helping at the CCP / Supporting Children Together stall at The Great British Festival in Minsk and finished with the buzz of staying in a hotel in the middle of the European Games activities.
‘We had an amazing trip’ said Kay. ‘We both feel passionate about the country and feel like Gomel is our second home now’
Read Kay’s report of the visit here