Power to the Psyche!

Healthcare workers (HCWs) around the world continue to operate at the frontlines to provide healing as we fight the invisible threat that is the COVID-19 virus. This is extremely dangerous not only to their physical health but also to their mental well-being.

With the aim of providing an additional lifeline of hope to HCWs in the Philippines amid the ongoing pandemic, ASSIST in partnership with international healthcare nonprofit Project HOPE, launched its first mental health initiative: Healing, Education, Resilience, and Opportunity for Healthcare Workers in the Philippines (HERO-PH) Mental Health & Resilience Training of Trainers program.

Through the TOT program, beneficiaries from Regions I, II, IV, V, and NCR will be equipped with the essential skills to roll out mental health programs across their HCW networks to build a stronger and more resilient local HCW community. Last March 9 and 10, two training sessions were held training a total of 150 HCWs on topics such as stress management, with content sourced from NYC Health + Hospitals, and enhanced by the Argao Center for Psychological Services. 

The program is expected to run until March 17, but ASSIST hopes to further expand learning opportunities for the HCWs. 

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