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.