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Mental illness advocates seek visibility

As part of World Mental Health Week, advocates for the mentally ill held a motorcade on Saturday (8 October) to bring the stigma of mental illnesses out of the shadows and urge people to be more supportive for conditions that affect an estimated seven percent of the population.

The motorcade, organised by the Health Services Authority, promotes the theme that mental health is at the foundation of any society’s well-being.

“If we don’t take care of our mental health, then we won’t have good health,” said the head of HSA Mental Health, Dr. Arline McGill. “We’re very aware that many chronic physical illnesses are the result of untreated mental illnesses.”

Progress is being made on establishing a permanent mental health facility in Cayman.

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Patrick Kreitlow

Patrick Kreitlow

Pat Kreitlow joined the Cayman 27 staff in October 2015. For nearly a decade, Pat was a familiar presence in living rooms across western Wisconsin where he was a reporter and nightly news anchor at WEAU-TV. He later served his neighbors as a state senator. When he and his wife Sharry became “empty nesters,” they moved to Grand Cayman in early 2014. They have two daughters and two grandsons.

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