St Kitts and Nevis leaders highlight importance of Mental Health on World Mental Health Day
St Kitts and Nevis leaders highlight importance of Mental Health on World Mental Health Day

St Kitts and Nevis: The world celebrated “Mental Health Day,” aiming to raise awareness about mental health, stress and anxiety. While putting the spotlight on the same, leaders of the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis, through their social media platforms, wished the general public.

Prime Minister of the twin-island Federation, Dr Terrance Drew emphasised the importance of the day and stated, “World Mental Health Day is celebrated on October 10 each year, and this year it is celebrated under the theme “make mental health for all a global priority”. We must raise awareness of mental health issues and lend support where necessary.”

According to the post by the PM, Mental health challenges are some of the most common health issues people face (depression, stress etc.), but the stigma associated with mental health issues is what hinders persons from seeking the help they need. The public intends to do more to create awareness and sensitivity around mental wellness in our society.

“I understand the significance of preserving one’s Mental Health is why I have prioritised supporting initiatives that promote mental well-being to create a positive environment that empowers and motivates our people. The idea is to educate our people and create an attitude change that brings awareness to mental wellness through the importance of self-care, paying attention to your diet, exercising, meditating, and striving for balance in your life. It is important to care for your mind, just as it is important to care for your body,” Prime Minister further asserted.

Former Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis and Minister of Foreign Affairs – Denzil Douglas also wished the people across the globe. He said, “Today, Monday, October 10, is celebrated as World Mental Health Day, the Theme: “Make Mental Health and Well-being For All A Global Priority” This Theme is very significant because for too long, persons with mental illnesses are often stigmatised by the society and become isolated from families and friends. It is very important for parents, relatives and friends to note early signs of abnormal behaviours and to seek professional help for their loved ones.”

Furthermore, the Premier of Nevis and leader of the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) – Mark Brantley, highlighted his visit to the newly constructed Mental Health facility in Nevis. The building has been carefully repurposed to act as a standalone centre for serving our people who require care.

“I was really very impressed with what I saw, and I thank the staff for the warm welcome. Mental health is important for overall health and well-being, and I urge our people to be kind to each other and to be our brothers’ keepers and our sister’s helpers,” he mentioned in his social media post.