Mental Health Workshop for Ethiopians underway in Denver
By Mel Tewahade
August 28, 2017

Atlay Alem (Professor)  and Teshome Kelkile (M.D, Ph.D.) two, Mental Health specialist, are conducting  the workshop. The seminar started yesterday August 25.2017 at Ethiopian Evangelical Church in Denver. There will be three more seminars that will be held throughout the weekend.

Atlay Alem, is a Professor of Psychiatry  at the University of Addis Ababa. He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, Addis Ababa in 1983. He received his Psychiatry  training at Victoria College, Manchester, United Kingdom. He went to do his PhD in Mental Health, epidemiology from Umea University, Sweden. He has published over 100 research articles.

Teshome Kelkile (M.D, PhD) received  his M.D from Addis Ababa University in 1989.He has done mental health research for over 17 years. He has published over 70 research articles. Dr.Teshome currently practices Psychiatry in Fredericton, NB , Canada, where he treats many Canadians, including new arrivals from Syria and Africa.

Mental Health workshop for Ethiopian community is expected, but not limited to the following message to the community. The most important objective is to encourage families, Individuals  and medical works, to start the discussion about mental health. Many people in our community are afraid  to come forward with Mental Health, for fear of the stigma  associated with Mental Health.

Here is the highlight of the dissuasions.

1 Some communities have more risk of mental health

2 Cultural and Language barrier is contributing factor to mental health.

3 Like other illness, mental illness can be successfully diagnosed and treated.

4 We should not be quite about mental illness. Let us talk.

5 Sometimes people have wrong understanding of mental health. They are frightened by it.

6 You can seek help and enjoy a healthy life.

7 Your family Physician should help to direct you to a Mental Health specialists.

This is the start of  a valuable lesson for in community, where many have been quietly been suffering for a long time. In Denver alone, we had to witness the unfortunate suicide of 4 individuals this year alone. Two of them were children,( 13 year old  girl, and a boy 16).Many domestic  violence is reported and some are even into drug addictions and alcohol abuse.

I like to take this opportunity to thank Atlay Alem,Teshome Kelkile,for seving their community free of charge, Pastor Endesaw Kelkile,for putting the workshop together ( He is  the Pastor of Ethiopian Evangelical Church and the brother of Dr.Teshome Kelkile) Neb Asfaw and Girum Allemayehu , Board Members of St. Mary Orthodox church for opening their doors.

If you need additional information,please call (303) 475-5684.

 

Thank you,


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