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What is FindCareTT.com

Findcarett.com is the Directory of MHPSS Services delivered by the Technical Working Group of the Mental Health and Psycho-Social Support Network of Trinidad and Tobago which was activated in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  The Directory was developed by Technical Working Group member, Mindwise Project, fulfilling one of the objectives of the plan for the group.

 

The leads on this development project are: Maria O’Brien, Alyssa Khan and Elysse Marcellin

 

Current members of the TWG are:

 

  • Ministry of Health (MOH)
  • Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
  • Regional Health Authorities (RHAs)
  • Ministry of Social Development and Family Services (MSDFS)
  • Ministry of Community Development
  • Ministry of Education (MoE)
  • The University of the West Indies (UWI)
  • Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS)
  • Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Gender and Child Affairs  
  • Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (CATT)
  • Trinidad and Tobago Association of Psychologists (TTAP)
  • Association of Psychiatrists of Trinidad and Tobago (APTT)
  • Trinidad and Tobago Association of Social Workers (TTASW)
  • Caribbean Alliance of National Psychological Associations (CANPA)
  • Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross Society (TTRCS)
  • Franciscan Institute Trauma Team (FITT)
  • Consortium of Persons with Disabilities – Umbrella for Disabilities
  • Mindful kites
  • Douglas and Associates Ltd
  • The Art Therapy Association of Trinidad and Tobago 
  • PEAPSL Consultancy Limited
  • RN Vincent & Associates
  • Lifeline
  • Childline
  • Mindwise 
  • GROOTS TT
  • Alzheimer’s Association of Trinidad and Tobago
  • CAISO Sex & Gender Justice

 

What is mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS)? 

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) is a composite term used in the Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC) guidelines to describe any type of local or outside support that aims to protect or promote psychosocial well-being and/or prevent or treat mental disorders in times of disasters and emergencies. 

 

 

What is the MHPSS Technical Working Group?

The IASC recommends as one of its key actions for coordination, as the establishment of a MHPSS Technical Working Group. This group consists of actors from various sectors. This coordination of groups is responsible for an inter-sectoral and collaborative response through programme planning and implementation in relation to the IASC guidelines 

 

How is the membership of the Technical Working Group (TWG) decided?

The technical working group consists of members from organizations that oversee or are directly involved in the delivery of MHPSS related services or activities.

 

What is the difference between the MHPSS Technical Working Group and the MHPSS Network?

The TWG is the technical think tank behind the MHPSS network. Not all members of the MHPSS Network are members of the TWG.  

 

What if I have a crisis response service to add to the MHPSS Network?

The MHPSS network is open and therefore additional crisis response services are welcome to join the network and can approach the TWG to have its information listed in the directory of services. 

 

How do I apply to join the MHPSS network?

Send an email to mhpsstt@health.gov.tt 

 

 

Can I submit services that are not crisis services to this directory?

Yes, any services related to MHPSS can be listed in this directory. 

 

What type of care needs does this directory publish?

This directory publishes 

  • Mental health services 
  • Counselling services 
  • Helpline services 
  • Social support resources
  • Coping materials
  • Addiction services
  • Gender Based Violence services 
  • Children and adolescents support services
  • Digital Services

What is the MHPSS Network?

 

Psychosocial problems and mental disorders are often heightened in disaster and emergency situations. The horrors, losses, and uncertainties experienced, as well as numerous other stressors related to these traumatic events, place people at greater risk of suffering from and being affected by mental health problems. Psychosocial support consists not only of care provided by the health services, but also encompasses multiple forms of support, including support and comfort from one’s family and community. These forms of support must be coordinated, and it is here that health systems should play a central role. 

 

A community model of mental health—one that respects local traditions and cultural diversity, while meeting the needs of the most vulnerable groups—should be the platform for all such interventions in emergencies. The objective is to promote and protect the mental health of the population, as well as contribute to recovery of everyday life.  

 

This community is the MHPSS Network.

Objectives of this Directory of Services- FindcareTT.com

 

  1. To improve community access to quality mental health care in crisis and emergency situations such as COVID-19 Pandemic, Climate Change and Natural Disasters etc
  2. To foster stronger relationships between service providers by making their services more visible to the network of crisis support
  3. To foster more effective pathways to crisis support through increased visibility and accessibility to these services and knowledge
  4. To increase trust and connection in the mental health industry between providers, as well as between the public and the mental health service industry.
  5. To provide a digital tool and knowledge platform that is accessible, provides equal opportunity to all providers, patients and the public
  6. To provide a feedback loop between administrative agencies and service provision in Trinidad and Tobago that is confidential and protected
  7. To prevent suicide through increased access to resources