A letter from Afghanistan

Aethne Hinchliffe
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Port aux Basques native writes home

My name is Lieutenant (Navy) Derek Carter and I am working as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing officer at the Role 1 Health Services Unit (HSU).

Port aux Basques native Derek Carter worked as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing officer at the Role 1 Health Services Unit (HSU) part of Mission Transition Task Force in Afghanistan.

The Role 1 HSU is responsible for providing primary care health services to Canadians both civilian and military serving in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The Role 1 ensures that Canadians receive their care promptly and with a focus on return to work as soon as practicable. It is a multidisciplinary clinic providing primary care, mental health, and pharmacy services.

I am currently stationed at Kandahar Airfield, Kandahar Afghanistan as a member of the Mission Transition Task Force which must ensure that all Canadian personnel, vehicles, aviation and equipment will be out of Kandahar, Afghanistan by December 31, 2011.

My responsibilities are to provide assessments of psychosocial & mental health needs; short term counselling & therapeutic services; advice on mental health issues/services; I provide individual or group early psychological interventions; as well as coordinate & deliver psycho-educational programs; Work collaboratively with other healthcare personnel and chaplains. services.

Collaboratively networking with various CF members, outside resources and agencies, and other allied forces is an amazing opportunity and privilege to experience, both professionally and personally.

The things I miss the most are my family and friends. I’m looking forward sharing good times and memories at family barbecues and social gatherings.

Geographic location: Afghanistan, Port aux Basques

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