Somaliland: Mental Health Training


Medical Students in somaliland receive mental health training

Somalilandsun – Dr Lauren Gavaghan is a Specialist Psychiatrist and Mental Health lead for the King’s Tropical Health & Education Trust-THET Somaliland Partnership (KTSP). She is spending eight weeks in Somaliland as a volunteer teaching Mental Health (MH) to medical students and delivering a Training of Trainer (TOT) course for MH focal people and Medical Faculties.

Everyday until the 8th November Dr. Gavaghan will be posting a new diary entry on the THET blog page to give readers a unique insight into delivering mental health training in Somaliland.

Here’s the the program so far

Monday 7th October- Day 18

We begin the second TOT training today. There are a few teething problems, such as lacking a working projector, which stalls things momentarily, though it is necessary to just keep on. It is often necessary in this kind of work to be flexible and adaptable and these are certainly the words of the day! Again, it is great to see students who are now graduated as doctors. The group seems strong, with a few a nurses too, which adds to the richness of the group. I am impressed with Dr. Jibriil’s teaching skills; he has clearly been doing much teaching here in the time since I last saw him. I am also very pleased to have Dr. Layla in the group, a member of the mental health group. Alongside her is Dr. Zainab, a new doctor who is the second mental health representative this year, and shall be taking a lead role in teaching of the 5th year medical students in a couple of weeks.

For earlier sessions of the training visit