FIMHR’s projects/programs are as follows:
MIND TO SHARE (MTS)
Because FIMHR intends to open the doors of treatment facilities to those suffering from mental illness but cannot afford the cost of treatment, we have created the MIND TO SHARE PROGRAM. Indigent patients can now avail of treatment in designated psychiatric facilities free of charge.
The first step to better the condition of substandard psychiatric facilities is to educate and train the staff of the facility. FIMHR’s EDUCATE-N-TRAIN PROGRAM now offers the staff of psychiatric facilities an opportunity to learn new therapeutic methods and intervention that will benefit the patients and raise the quality of the service of the facility.
BARANGAY SATELLITE PSYCHIATRIC UNIT (BSPU) (ENT)
The move to promote mental health can well begin in the barangay level, being the smallest local government unit. The masses can be accessed through this level, where much education on mental health is needed. FIMHR has introduced the BSPU, composed of two sub-units, namely; MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT (MHEU) and MOBILE PSYCHIATRIC UNIT (MPU) each of which have their specific aims in promoting mental health. MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT (MHEU) is for the general public aimed to promote mental wellness and raise the awareness of the importance and benefit of prevention, early detection and treatment of disorders.
MOBILE PSYCHIATRIC UNIT (MPU) is aimed at supporting patients and mental health professionals in crisis situations outside the hospital setting and look after the well-being of the patients in their homes.
The move to promote mental health can well begin in the barangay level, being the smallest local government unit. The masses can be accessed through this level, where much education on mental health is needed. FIMHR has introduced the BSPU, composed of two sub-units, namely; MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT (MHEU) and MOBILE PSYCHIATRIC UNIT (MPU) each of which have their specific aims in promoting mental health.
New Training Program Aims to Enhance Psychiatric Care in Philippines
June 25, 2007 - Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital has joined an effort to enhance mental health care in the Philippines by providing training for visiting Philippine mental health professionals.The first group of trainees, including a psychiatrist, psychologist and two nurses, is expected to begin eight weeks of training at the Hoffman Estates, Ill., hospital, says Renato "Nick" De Los Santos, M.D., Medical Director of Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital's Geropsychiatry Program.De Los Santos, a native of the Philippines, and his brother, Manuel De Los Santos, a psychologist in the Philippines, are working together to modernize mental healthcare in their homeland, where the mentally ill often are institutionalized and treated as outcasts.
"The perspective of reintegration into the community has never been looked at," Nick De Los Santos says. Two years ago, the brothers rented an old house on the Philippine island of Cebu and converted the house into a 20-bed psychiatric hospital. The facility also provides outpatient care and houses a mental health professional group that the two brothers have established.When Nick De Los Santos approached Alexian Brothers' senior management team about supporting these efforts by teaching Philippine mental health professionals the latest in behavioral healthcare, the training program was born."Our staff is really excited about it and is looking forward to it," says Mark Frey, Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer. "We like the concept of engaging in the project because we can see its merits and we can see the opportunity to make a difference.""Our people are very committed to behavioral health medicine and being of service, and in this case, we can impact patients who are thousands of miles away," Frey continued. "We see it as an extension of the Alexian Brothers'mission to provide services and to reach out and provide support wherever we can. It's a unique opportunity. It's exciting to be able to impact cross-cultural psychiatry."
The training program, which is the first cross-cultural training initiative in the hospital's history, will be designed to provide the broadest possible experience, with exposure to all classifications and levels of care and to patients of all ages, Frey says. "We don't want them to come here and be locked into learning about one thing," he says. The trainees, he adds, will job-shadow Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital specialists, observing how they work while also interacting with them. The trainees also will undergo more formal instruction.Plans call for a total of three small groups of trainees to visit Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital for eight weeks apiece during 2007, according to Nick De Los Santos, who travels frequently to the Philippines to educate mental health professionals and to increase community awareness of behavioral health issues. He hopes that the trainees, upon returning to the Philippines, can use their training to upgrade care at government-run psychiatric hospitals and to improve the outlook for people with mental illnesses.He recently established a U.S.-based foundation to raise funds for the establishment of a new 50-bed psychiatric hospital to replace the current Cebu facility. Funds raised through the foundation also will be used for community education in the Philippines, he says."We're hoping to bring awareness to the community and make them understand what mental illness is, to be able to accommodate patients and provide them with treatment, and to work with the communities to reintegrate them and give them a chance to live a decent life," he says.