St. Kitts Mental Health Association Ready to Host Mental Health Awareness Week – ZIZ Broadcasting Corporation

Basseterre, St Kitts, October 5, 2022 Mental health professionals from the St. Kitts Mental Health Association (SKMHA) will lead a week of activities focused on mental health awareness, accessibility and action during their annual Mental Health Awareness Week October 9-14, 2022 .

This year’s motto “Make mental health and well-being a global priority for all” is in line with the overall theme for World Mental Health Day (10 October).

For Association President Zahra Jacobs, the issue is an opportunity for individuals to reflect on how they can protect and improve their own mental health, especially after two emotionally draining years.

“The last few years have been challenging for many of us, both in St Kitts & Nevis and around the world. From public health emergencies to natural disasters, wars and displacement, to climate crises and the ongoing, sometimes violent, struggle for justice, mental health has become a global crisis. I am pleased that as social and economic challenges grow, the St. Kitts Mental Health Association has continued our awareness and advocacy campaigns to remind us that mental health is an integral part of our Federation’s progress.”

action week

During the coming week, the association will host worship services at God’s Pentecostal Basseterre Sanctuary (October 9), lead a wellness yoga session at Frigate Bay Lawn (October 13), and distribute care packages to patients in JNF’s Psychiatric Unit ( October 14).

Association members will also engage in conversations with media personalities on mental health issues, primarily on the following programs: Mind, Body and Soul with Julie Charles, Objectively Inco-wrecked with Stephen Smith, Good Morning SKN, Tabooed Talk with Merv-Ann Thompson, Island Tea with Jade and Azem and Island Therapy with Tracy Wattley.

National Green Clothing Day

A highlight of this year’s activities is National Wear Green Day 2022, which takes place on Monday, October 10, 2022. Community members are encouraged to wear green on the day to show their support and raise awareness of mental health.

“One of the new additions to our campaign week is our Wear Green Day. As people wear green on October 10 and see other people wearing green, we encourage you to have compassion for yourself and those around you. We also task you with seeing how our systems can be better improved to support the people in our community.

We have taken many steps in the right direction – community mental health services, school counseling services, public counseling services, day care services for people with mental illness, but there is room for so much more,” Zahra Jacobs.

Beyond the week

“We look forward to unpacking and mobilizing efforts on mental health next week. We also look forward to hearing from community members and speaking to them about how we can improve what is on offer so it truly feels like mental health is becoming better for St Kitts & Nevis in 2022 and beyond have priority.

Our work extends beyond this week and we welcome the opportunity to join hands, hearts and voices to ensure easy access and support remain a focus across the Federation,” Zahra Jacobs.

Community members can find the full breakdown of the St Kitts Mental Health Association week of action at www.facebook.com/skmhacares.

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