Psycho-Social Support Services 

The Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Loan (RRL) supports psychosocial support services to equip public service officials, including teachers, social workers, and health professionals as well as key community persons, for example, faith-based organisations, with the skills to identify and help persons in psychosocial need related to the 2017 disaster. In addition, the RRL supports a  community resilience building initiative to enable community members to better work individually and collectively to rebuild more efficiently.

Psycho-social support services project

The project, implemented by the Government in collaboration with the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), aims to strengthen psychosocial resilience of individuals and communities in the BVI to better cope with the traumatic effects of any future disasters. The project will equip residents with the specific knowledge, skills and resources to overcome psychological and mental health challenges in the aftermath of natural disasters. Through a series of trainings and workshops, the project will build capacity of primary healthcare workers and community leaders/volunteers to provide psychosocial care, and also develop a community resilience program and action plan for emergency preparedness and response.

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Caption: Participants in the Community Resilience Workshop held 28 March 2019 at the University of West Indies. Photo credit: Jasmin Blessing