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Mental health in the prevention of violence and injuries in the Northern Border of México Print E-mail

Ciudad Juárez, México, 16 June, 2010 (PAHO/WHO)
Based on the number of homicides, Ciudad Juarez is considered one of the most violent cities in the world. However, violence does not only affect the victims of murders and their families but the entire population. Children are afraid to play on the streets, 15 year-old boys are forced to become hired killers or drug dealers, tension at home, suicide rates, domestic violence, and sex abuse rise but the victims are afraid to report them. 
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In this environment of insecurity that Ciudad Juarez is suffering, the Pan American Health Organization/ Regional Office of the World Health Organization United States Mexico Border Office (PAHO/WHO), in collaboration with the Mexico Health Secretary, the state and the local government of Ciudad Juarez, the University of Ciudad Juarez and the Bravo District College of Psychologists are inviting local mental health professionals, administrators, psychologists and social workers to a workshop. Those who work every day with psychological traumas will be able to share their experiences, and help to improve effective interventions with the purpose of preventing injury and death, and give adequate treatment to the ones affected. The workshop will take place on:  

Thursday June 18 th, 2010
10:30 AM to 2:30 pm
Hotel Lucerna, Room Centuria 

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  1. To detect mental health needs, addictions and other risk factors related to violence in the local community
  2. To identify resources and services available to deal with persons affected by violence
  3. To strengthen the capacity of local response and prevention

The workshop will address mental health professionals, administrators, clinical and social psychologists, and social workers. 

The workshop is divided into two parts:

    • The first is based on the analysis and socialization of different mental health diagnostics, as well as a review of the existing activities and initiatives in Ciudad Juarez in the area of mental health, and their relation to violence prevention.
    • The second is based on discussion tables, using a participation methodology, whereby the audience members take their own experiences and capacities to produce and define proposals, performance criteria, and the type of priority interventions.

With the goal of speeding up discussions and arriving at conclusions that may facilitate the process of developing interventions, the selection and discussion of topics will address these five questions:

    • Is there any EVIDENCE that proves effectiveness?
    • Is this RELEVANT to the community?
    • Is the impact MEASURABLE?
    • Is the impact SHORT or LONG TERM?
    • Is the intervention SELF-SUSTAINABLE?

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