PAMM : (Programa Assistencia ba Moras Mental / Mental Health Assistances Program) is a community based response service to reduce the personal, collective, social and economic impact of traumatic mental disorders as well as to address the isolation and stigma experienced by people as a result of same in the community. In 2008 PAMM extended its area of work to include one new district and also began a community mental health literacy campaign in seven districts.
PAMM was the first program started in 2002 with three staff - two counsellors and one administration staff and in 2010 has grown to ten staff - 7 counsellors, one admin staff, one finance staff and one driver.
Activities of PAMM Team
This program works in seven districts in East Timor to provide training and information for communities and Training of Trainers ( ToT ) on Mental Health in seven districts - Ainaro, Aileu, Bobonaro, Dili, Ermera, Liquica and Manatuto. In January to June 2010 the PAMM team visited 216 clients in the districts. In 2006 - 2008 Mental Health Assistence Program (MHAP) make support for Nasional police ( PNTL ) about Psychosocial support on Trauma and Stress ( 2090 Police ). Every two months PAMM staff visit the Districts to follow up and make assessment and counseling of clients who have mental illness, and their families. Between 2003 and 2010 (to date) PAMM Counselors have seen 894 clients in the seven districts and 34 sub-districts.
By WANI MUTHIAH
Saturday March 16, 2013