Gail W. Stuart, RN, PhD, FAAN, dean of the Medical University of South Carolina College of Nursing, visited Africa where she developed and launched a mental health curriculum for healthcare officials in Monrovia, Liberia, according to a news release. Stuart was chosen by the Carter Center to lead the mental health workshop that will aid in the efforts to develop a mental health component of training for mid-level providers for Liberias Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.
The initiative will help improve access to mental healthcare and implement the national mental health plan. Among the activities, the Carter Center will help create training systems for mental health professionals, such as nurses; develop support systems for family caregivers; and work to reduce stigma and discrimination against people with mental illnesses.
Stuart led the three-day workshop that trained 32 Liberian healthcare workers. The participants came from five Liberian schools of nursing and one school for physician assistants.
I am thrilled to have been asked to develop a framework for this curriculum and in conjunction with committed Liberians we are writing the content of the courses, Stuart said. Liberia is in increasing the capacity of the healthcare delivery system to respond to the mental health needs of its citizens.