Mental Health Education
In its effort to promote mental health awareness to the general public, IDRAAC has conducted numerous workshops and seminars in universities, schools, hospitals, nursing homes and to NGOs, about topics such as substance use, mood disorders (depression, bipolar disorder) and anxiety disorders (social phobia, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder) among others.
IDRAAC has also conducted regular workshops, seminars, and other educational activities in schools all over Lebanon to educators and parents, aiming at alerting them to the common emotional and behavioral problems in children and adolescents in the school setting.
In these sessions, teachers and parents are introduced to the most common disorders, such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Learning Disorders, Anxiety Disorders (Separation Anxiety Disorder, School Phobia, Social Phobia, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress disorder), Mood Disorders, Eating Disorders, Substance Abuse and Adjustment Disorders, among others. They are also taught about the manifestations of these disorders, how to recognize them and how to interact in various ways with multidisciplinary intervention. Specific schools, classrooms and home interventions are addressed for particular disorders such as ADHD and Learning Disorders. Moreover, IDRAAC and the clinical team from MIND frequently help schools implement special educational plans for children with special needs and continue to provide follow-up and support for the staff over the school years. Thus, parents and teachers are encouraged to learn about mental health disorders in order to help in early identification and prevention of complications if these problems go untreated.