October Is Mental Health Month

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World Mental Health Day will be commemorated on October 10, with a month of activities scheduled to run from October to November.

Under the theme: "Mental Health In Primary Care: Enhancing Treatment and Promoting Mental Health," the Outreach Committee will start its programme with a football tournament which commences this Saturday, October 4 on the grounds of the hospital, from 2:30 p.m. and will run until November 22.

To mark World Mental Health Day on October 10, the Psychiatric Hospital will host a health fair in Heroes Square, The City from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The following day, Sunday, October 11, there will be a Service of Thanksgiving on the hospital grounds at Black Rock, starting at 3:30 p.m.

On Monday, October 12, staff from the hospital will visit a number of primary schools to educate the youth on a number of mental health issues. These schools include Eagle Hall, St. Martins, Mangrove, St. Albans, and Luther Thorne Primary.

This will be followed on Tuesday, October 13, by an Open Day at that health institution from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Fun Day for patients, staff and family will be held on the hospital grounds on Wednesday, October 14 starting at 10:00 a.m.

Another round of talks at primary schools will occur on Thursday, October 15. This will see nurses interacting with students at ??St. Andrews Primary, All Saints Primary; Christ Church Girls; Milton Lynch Boys, Mount Tabor and St. Marks.

A key feature of the Mental Health Month will be the "Musical Evening", which will be held on Saturday, October 17, at the Black Rock institution from 2:30 p.m. It will see performances by the staff as well as top entertainers.

The week of events will culminate with a fair on the hospital grounds from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 on Saturday, November 28

Members of the public are invited to visit the hospital and participate in the month’s activities.

jgill@barbados.gov.bb

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