Mental Health Month 2012 – Depression: A Global Crisis

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As part of activities to mark Mental Health Month, being recognised in October, a number of events have been planned surrounding the theme Depression: A Global Crisis.

The month’s activities will begin with a service to be held this Sunday, October 7, at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church in Black Rock, St. Michael, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Then on Friday, October 12, there will be a panel discussion on the topic:?? Depression Can Affect Anyone.?? It will be held at the Queen’s Park Steel Shed, The

City, at 7:30 p.m. and panellists will be: psychologist, Dr. Dahlia Gibson; psychiatrist, Dr. Joyann Brathwaite; and radio announcer, Larry Mayers.?? The moderator for the session will be Senior Consultant Psychiatrist at the Psychiatric Hospital, Dr. Ermine Belle.

The public may also attend a Health Fair to be held in Heroes Square, The City, on Saturday, October 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There will be blood pressure checks, blood sugar testing and the full mental health team will be on hand to offer advice and answer any questions members of the public might have.??

Then on Monday, October 15, there will be a presentation at the Gall Hill Clinic in St. John on Depression.?? It will be led by Community Mental Health Nurse, Karl Greene, and will start at 9:00 a.m.?? The focus will turn to Childhood Depression on Wednesday, October 17, when a Mental Health Symposium will be staged for selected school-aged children at the Pan-American Health Organisation, Dayrells Road, St., Michael.?? The session will begin at 9:00 a.m. and panellists will be psychologist, Lauren Marshall, Dr. Ermine Belle and psychiatrists, Dr. Shirley Alleyne, Dr. Joy Sue and Dr. Price-Humphrey.

As the month draws to a close, there will be a sports day for patients and staff of the Psychiatric Hospital on the grounds on Wednesday, October 24, beginning at 10:00 a.m.; a staff appreciation day on Friday, October 26; an early morning staff hike on Sunday, October 28; and a Patient’ Concert for family and friends of the wards on Sunday, October 28, at the hospital, starting at 4:30 p.m.??

lisa.bayley@barbados.gov.bb

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