PHILIPSBURG:--- World Mental Health Day is internationally recognized on October 10th of each year. Many people underestimate the severity of mental health issues until they have been directly impacted by a tragedy. According to the World Health Organization, close to 1 billion people are living with a mental disorder.1
Through research, it is becoming more evident that mental illness is caused by a combination of biological, psychological, and environmental factors in a person’s day-to-day life. It affects how we think, how we feel, and how we act through all stages of our lives.
World Mental Health Day is an opportunity for the world to come together and begin redressing the historic neglect of mental health,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization.2
Lives have changed tremendously this year, given the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide. It is clear that we are all worried, stressed, and anxious about the present and the future as we do not know what is next. As we continue to live through a global pandemic, it is important that we look after our mental health.
Promote a positive and proactive approach to addressing mental health when talking to others. Take time to ask friends, family or co-workers, how they are doing, and listen to there answers for any signs or symptoms of considering self-harm. If you suffer from mental illness, open up and share your story, this may the “push” that another person needs to go out and seek help. Invest in “me time”, to unwind and relax.
If you or someone you know are suffering from mental issues, do not shy away from seeking help. Taking care of your mental health is crucial to overcoming the situation.
Minister Panneflek would like to thank all the professionals in the field currently contributing their time and effort to helping those with a mental health issue stronger. He reassures the general public that the Government is continuously working towards strengthening the current services and facilities on Sint Maarten for Mental Health.