Individual Partner: Agnes Runganga, Clinical Psychologist and Founder of Critical mental Health, is currently engaged in:
– introducing Values Based Practice to doctors and various categories of nurses including mental health nurses using an email platform. The organization intents to conduct formal training in future.
– promoting ethical care of children and with mental disorders and disabilities through an email platform
– African philosophy, psychiatry, creation/sexualities, speech acts, Ethics/Rights of patients
– Trying to apply Value Based Practice in working with children with mental disabilities.
Preferred contact: Runganga5@msn.com Twitter @Agnes_Runganga
Resident in: Harare, Zimbabwe, working in Harare and Norton
Key Words in VBP): Communications/website development, Communications, Education, Management, Meeting/ASS (Advanced Studies Seminar), Policy/Commissioning, Policy Publications/CUP series, Publications, Research/philosophy, Research/research on ethics application, Services/person-centered, Services/teamwork
Related Area(s) of Interest: Communication skills, Decision theory, Evidence-based practice, Ethics, Philosophy, Medical humanities/Medical anthropology Mental health/General, Epilepsy Area(s) of healthcare expertise: Clinical psychology, Local culture sexualities, Community Health Brief Description of Work: Work on VBP is in early stages of creating awareness of values in Mental Health Care at Norton Council Hospital. Specific VBP related activities engaged in include individual-centred mental health consultations with clients and their relatives; introducing scientific concept and ethics to a population with beliefs largely influenced cultural practices and Pentecostal religion.
Beyond clinical psychology, I use my experience in community health and medical anthropology to enhance communication. Means of communication include email, SMS, WhatsApp, telephone and one-to-one meetings.
@CriticalMentalHealth WhatsApp group focusses on positive psychology and personal growth, coping with mental health problems and anything helpful. Participants are anybody interested in mental health, professionals, carers of people with mental problems, survivors of mental problems, and actual patients. It also provides education on mental health issues. Participants send out postings received at @CriticalMentalHealth to other WhatsApp discuss groups they prescribe to. (Please note that WhatsApp groups are popular and efficient means of communication in Zimbabwe.
Moral guidelines adopted by @CriticalMentalHealth are: Practising goodness, preventing harm, promoting justice and safeguarding autonomy