Partnership for mental health and homelessness in Manchester

Thursday, October 17, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) and the Manchester Municipal Corporation (MMC) have partnered to improve the care and protection of those affected by mental health and homelessness in Manchester.

The event, which occurred at the Cecil Charlton Hall in Manchester on October 10 to observer World Mental Health Day and World Homelessness Day, focused on 'Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention', the theme for World Mental Health Day.

According to the SRHA, the commemoration also encouraged people to start a national conversation on mental health in Jamaica and suicide, and promote behaviour change to end the stigma against persons living with mental health illnesses.

SRHA noted that the Manchester Parish Committee for the Homeless was also launched at the event, in order to improve the care and protection for homeless people in the parish.

Regional Technical Director for the SRHA, Dr Vitillius Holder said the SRHA is cognisant that health is not only the absence of disease, but that physical and mental well-being is critical to a person's holistic development.

She added that when people are healthy they are better able to manage the stresses of life.

“The SRHA recognizes that partnership is critical because we cannot do it alone and so I salute the Manchester Municipal Corporation for partnering with us to help those in need,” Dr Holder said.

Meanwhile, Director of Operations and Maintenance for the SRHA, Hershel Ismail noted that the SRHA is committed to empowering people to recognize the symptoms of suicide and mental health challenges, in an effort to end stigma and help people with these challenges.

She added that though the suicide rate in Jamaica is not as high as in other parts of the world, suicide prevention is everybody's business.


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