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Breaking the mental health stigma

Life’s challenges can take a toll on our schedules, our bank accounts and even our mental health.
The Head of Psychiatry and Behaviour Services at the HSA said conditions like depression and anxiety are on the rise.
Dr Arline McGill says more patients are seeking counseling.

She said families and the wider community need to give their love and support to people going through difficult situations.
Catching early warning signs, she said, can make a huge difference.

“Mental illness can strike our mother, our brother, our sister, our children. Even us. It is important that we be empowered to deal with it and to act swiftly and early so that we can get the best help possible,” Dr McGill said.

Next week, the HSA is celebrating World Mental Health day with a week of activities to raise awareness and sending the message of breaking the stigma associated with mental health.
Events start on Saturday at 2pm with a mental health drive procession from the Cayman Islands hospital car park.

About the author

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath is a Trinidadian journalist with 18 years media experience with a strong background in print with her most recent stint at The Cayman Reporter. She has a BA in Mass Communications, as well as, an Associate degree in Journalism and Public Relations.

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