Programa Velasco works to develop mental health services and protocols centered on healing and that utilize research and trauma-informed practices. To understand the mental health needs of the San Ramón community, we surveyed parents and entrepreneurs using the Adverse Childhood Experiences
Here is our report with the results!
For an even deeper dive, check out this analysis.
|Once a month, the parents or other caregivers gather at the child development center for a meeting with the teachers and support staff. These meetings serve as a means of educating the parents on themes, such as positive discipline techniques, health, hygiene, nutrition, and the legal rights of children and adolescents. They also learn about the education methodology used at the center and activities they can do at home to further facilitate their children's the intellectual development.|
|A guest speaker, the psychologist, or the social worker will facilitate the workshops with a participative methodology so that the parents actively engage in this learning process. These workshops provide a wealth of information and guidelines that parents would not receive elsewhere.|
Extreme poverty and deadly violence victimize without warning and result in an increase in behavioral and psychological issues. In spite of this reality, the Salvadoran government does not provide enough access to basic mental health services. For example, the World Health Organization found that the Ministry of Health only directs 1% of funding to mental health care.
The numbers indicate that mental health services are practically non-existent, which further prevents the recovery of those with mental illnesses. Programa Velasco takes on the responsibility of providing access to mental health care so that the community can begin to dismantle the culture of powerlessness and irresponsibility so prevalent in El Salvador.
|La psicóloga se esfuerza para apoyar a los/as niños/as que tienen dificultades emocionales, de aprendizaje y de conduta, muchos de los cuales vienen de barrios controlados por pandillas y de situaciones de abuso dómestico. Para interrumpir el ciclo de violencia física y verbal, ella trabaja individualmente con ciertos niños y niñas, utilizando técnicas que les ayudan a comunicar o expresar artísticamente sus sentimentos y, asi, mejorar su sociabilidad y su comprensión intelectual. También se reúne con sus padres individualmente o en grupo con la esperanza de que eso contribuya a la salud de su niño o niña a largo plazo.|