World Mental Health Day to be observed on Oct. 10

GB Health Services officials announced plans for World Mental Health Day during a press conference on Thursday October 5 at the Rand Memorial Hospital. Pictured from left are Clarence Hield, Hospital Social Worker; Michelle Lundy, co-chair; Dr.Daphne Adderley-Sands, Acting Consultant Psychiatrist; Dr.Leroy Laing, Senior House Officer and Dr.Reddy,Diah Ward.

A special workshop in observance of Mental Health Day is scheduled for Tuesday, October 10 and organizers say that the Grand Bahama community is encouraged to attend the event, which is promised to be very informative.
During a press conference at the Rand Memorial Hospital (RMH), Thursday (October 5) morning to announce the upcoming activity, Dr. Daphne Adderley-Sands, Acting Consultant of Psychiatry said that the theme for this year’s event is, ‘Mental Health in the Workplace.’

“One out of four adults will experience mental health difficulties, yet prejudice and discrimination are significant barriers that deprive people of their dignity,” she said.

She added that untreated mental health disorders result in poor productivity at work, by decreasing labor participation, increasing poor concentration and workplace accidents, high turnover and an increase in call-ins.
Adderley-Sands noted that there is a need for everyone to be their brother’s keeper and encourage colleagues, who are not mentally healthy to get the help that they need.

“We need to be our brothers’ keepers, we need to watch out for each other and it’ll be amazing how pleasant it is to return to work,” she said.

She explained that the purpose of the workshop is to define best practices in promoting better mental health in the workplace.

This will be the 25th Anniversary of World Mental Health Day.

Michelle Lundy, Clinical Psychologist and Co-Chair of the Mental Health Day said that the team would be focusing on two major events this month, the first being the workshop and forum on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at Christ the King Anglican Church.

“It is very timely as Dr. Sands said, because many persons are still reeling from the devastation of the recent Hurricanes Matthew and Irma,” she said.

She added that those persons are dealing with the anxiety and stress of having to rebuild their homes and not be prepared, and for some depression over what they lost.

Lundy revealed that the workshop will address topics such as Stress in the Workplace, Depression, Stigma and Discrimination, why employers need to address Mental Health in the Workplace and provide points on what a mentally healthy workplace should be like. They would also discuss having a healthy work-life balance.

The second event is a walk-a-thon, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 6:00 a.m. Participants will leave the RMH, walk to the Ranfurly Circus, back to the airport and ending at the RMH.
Following the walk-a-thon persons can look forward to a souse-out afterwards.

Dr. Leroy Laing, Senior House Office in the Rand Memorial Hospital (RMH) H. Diah Ward, took the opportunity to inform the public that there will also be a church service; however, the date has not been set as yet.
He appealed to the public to attend these events as the team seeks to bring awareness to mental health. 

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