The Kingston Public and Victoria Jubilee Hospitals Mental Health Committee officially launched Mental Health Week on Monday, October 10, 2016. Mental Health Week is being observed under the theme “A Legacy of Healing the Nation: Dignity in Mental and Physiological Health “First Aid for All”. During the launch, Mrs. Lisa Soares Lewis, SERHA Board Director who spoke on behalf of SERHA Board Chairman, Mr. Philip Armstrong noted that the World Health Organisation has highlighted the fact that mental illnesses are themselves risk factors that affect the incidence and prognosis of diseases traditionally classified as “non-communicable”.
“….it is event that mental health is an integral and essential component of health, indeed, as it has been famously stated worldwide, there is no good health without mental health,” she said, adding that SERHA has been making a steady effort to improve service delivery to mental health patients at KPH with the increase in the number of Psychiatric Aides and Psychiatrists.
She further noted that the mental health team at KPH “works under challenging circumstances given the nature of the job and so we want say a special thank you to them for the work they have been doing to deliver health care to the mentally ill who are arguable one of the most marginalised people in the society”.
Additionally, a plaque was unveiled during the launch as part of the activities to mark the 240th Anniversary of the Kingston Public Hospital. KPH began as an asylum for mentally ill slaves in 1776.
Past and present members of staff were also presented with awards in recognition of their contribution to the Mental Health Services at KPH.
Among the activities to commemorate Mental Health Week at KPH are educational talks for patients that will focus on topics such as:
- Sleep and Mental Health
- Nutrition and Mental Health
- Exercise and Mental Health
- Psychological Health for Children
- Psychological Health for Adults