Mental Health Training
This past week, we had nine staff (primarily DDP House Parents), attend a training on Mental Health First Aid as a part of our capacity development efforts here at DDP. The DDP House Parents oversee basic education and job training students at the hostel we provide as a place for them to stay while continuing their education. For some of these students, this experience is the first time they have been away from home. They are learning a new language. There are new rules. Many of them have experienced a lot of trauma in their lives and never had a safe space or language to address this. Our house parents are the ones on the front line. They are with the students 24/7 and are thus best able to notice changes of behavior or mental health concerns. Thanks to this training, they now have a new set of tools to use and are better aware of warning signs that should be taken seriously. Thanks to TPO Cambodia for providing this training to our staff.