By HAGABIMANA Eugene on 22 Sep 2020
Key mission of University of Rwanda as any other smart academic institution of this era are : Teaching, research and community engagement. Particularly, UR has a special mission of supporting the development of Rwanda by discovering and advancing knowledge, committed to the highest standards of academic excellence, where students are prepared for lives of service, leadership and solutions.
In order to fulfill community engagement, one of its main missions, the University of Rwanda created many centers operating in different teaching fields one to be mentioned today is the Centre for Mental Health (CMH) operating under College of Medicine and Health Sciences. The creation idea of this centre is related to mental health effects of 1994 genocide against Tutsi. It started in 2015 .
The activities of UR Mental Health during Covid19 period on University community
" It is our job as UR-Centre for Mental Health to support you during difficult times you’re while working or studying at University." this quotation is also the motto of the centre during Covid19 pandemic period. As an outreach,research and training centre, CMH decided to be more closer with UR community by receiving psychological health patients and make research on the effects of Covid-19 pandemic on wide community of UR (both staff and students.)
“We have started our research to UR staff and students. The main purpose of this research is to find out how UR staff and students are living during this covid 19 pandemic period and how they interact with others within community”. said Prof. Sezibera, a lecturer at UR in the Department of Psychiatry and director of the Center for Mental Health.
Prof SEZIBERA Vincent Director of CMH
Professor Sezibera Vincent, says that in addition to being a university that offers lessons in schools, it also looks at how it helps UR family members. Nowadays service is free to UR staff and students.
“As university, it is our responsibility to take care of UR members ; staff and students, that is why we prepared this research in this covid 19 pandemic period and then, based on the results from the analysis we will made after conducting all basic data, this will give us a picture of what can be done to help those we will find that they are affected by covid 19”.
Prof. Sezibera also said that apart from the fact that the center now only provides assistance to University students, it is now also going to start helping people outside of it.
“So far, we have been providing services to the students and staff of the University of Rwanda for free only. We are now looking on how we will do the expanded clinical service so that our activities cannot be limited to the staff and students of the university and to all Rwandans in general.”
The Centre is a cross- cutting research driven unit that brings together Clinical Psychologists, Mental Health Nurses, Psychiatrists and Public Health Specialists to further the discipline of mental health from a multidisciplinary perspective.
Mental illness is a sign of a change in behavior, attitudes, and attitudes that can also affect a person’s activities in normal life or social relationships. The Center for Mental Health is intended to promoting mental health wellbeing though research, training, clinical service and policy development. It was launched in 2015 and located at Remera campus in the College of Health and Medicine and has its department UR Huye campus.
More details about the centre, visit : https://cmh.ur.ac.rw
Story by TWAGIRIMANA Jean Claude
Edited HAGABIMANA Eugène