GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Sunday
10 October marks World Mental Health Day around the world. The theme is “Mental health care for all: let’s
make it a reality.” #WorldMentalHealthDay
According to the World Health
Organization (WHO), the COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on people’s
mental health. “Some groups, including health and other frontline workers,
students, people living alone, and those with pre-existing mental health
conditions, have been particularly affected. And services for mental,
neurological and substance use disorders have been significantly disrupted,” the
WHO pointed out.
The Collective Prevention Services
(CPS), a department from the Sint Maarten Ministry of Public Health, Social
Development and Labour, says that World Mental Health Day provides an
opportunity for people and organizations around the world working on mental
health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make
mental health care a reality for people worldwide.
The observations and creating
awareness of the annual theme is part of CPSs annual calendar of health
Mental health refers to an array
of activities directly or indirectly related to the mental well-being component
included in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) definition of health: “A
state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the
absence of disease.”
CPS says that “Mental issues are common problems among
people some more intense than others but all requiring help and attention. It
could bother anyone at any time of your life. Stay attentive. Create awareness
on Mental health.
“Do not be ashamed Mental illness is not a failure we encourage
all persons and families struggling with mental illness to seek help and
support do not hide your feelings but open up, mental illness.
“Together as we commemorate Mental
Health Awareness let us as community support mental health awareness programs.”
Close to one billion people have a mental disorder and
anyone, anywhere, can be affected.
Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide
and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease. Globally,
it is estimated that 5% of adults suffer from depression.
Globally, one in seven 10-19-year-olds experience a
mental disorder. Half of all such disorders start by age 14 years but most are
undetected and untreated.
People with severe mental disorders such as
schizophrenia tend to die 10-20 years earlier than the general population.
One in every 100 deaths is by
suicide. It is the fourth leading cause of death for young people aged 15-29
Some of the most common mental health conditions,
depression and anxiety, can be treated with talking therapies, medication, or a
combination of these.
Regular health checks of people with severe mental
disorders can prevent premature death.
The Sint Maarten Mental Health
Organization (MHF) provides psychiatric care services to the population of the
country. Its mission includes prevention
to mitigate as much as possible the negative impact of mental disorders on
individual’s wellbeing and on society.
For general information on mental
health issues, you can call 542-1677 or for a mental health crisis, you can
call the crisis line 520-5556 which will be answered by a professional and its
more information, you can call CPS 542-1122 or 914.