An Open Day lecture on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) will be held on Wednesday, 20 June as part of the educational activities conducted by Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Psychiatry Department. The lecture will focus on providing support for those suffering from psychological reactions and stress disorders that develop following disasters or tragic incidents.
The lecture will be delivered by Dr Mohammad Albanna, Consultant Psychiatrist at HMC, and will discuss psychological reactions and support needed following critical incidents, defining specific roles played by psychological support teams towards survivors and families of victims. The latest practices in the field will also be discussed.
The Open Day lecture will take place at 6:30pm at the Psychiatry Department located next to The Center and Mega Mart, and the Kahramaa office on Ibn Sina Street.
“It is very important to extend all support and assistance for individuals who experience painful ordeals following major critical incidents or crises or disasters, in order to apprehend any unexpected responses and reactions towards the traumatic events they have suffered,” said Dr Albanna. The lecture will discuss ways to extend psychological support for the victims, their families and those involved in disaster management. Dr Albanna will also answer questions from the audience.
Dr Albanna added that following the tragic fire at Villaggio shopping mall, the Psychiatry Department and the Qatar Red Crescent have organized a number of “Psychological Release” sessions for Civil Defense personnel and paramedics involved in the rescue operations, as well as those providing psychological support for the families of the victims.
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