Mental health campaign targeting students at 32 high schools gets underway today
A mental health campaign targeting students at 32 of the island’s high schools is to get underway this week.
The Ministry of Health & Wellness says it is working with Senator Dr. Sapphire Longmore to get a team of mental health professionals into schools, as part of ongoing efforts to bring wellness resources to youth.
Health and Wellness Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton notes that concerns around mental health must be addressed as the island attempts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
He says even before COVID-19, mental health was a significant issue and continues to be an issue of national priority, with many Jamaicans suffering in silence, due to the stigma associated with mental illness.
He adds that this week’s efforts involve the Jamaica Psychiatric Association and the Jamaica Psychological Association.
The professionals will visit 32 secondary schools islandwide between today and Thursday.
During the visits, the students will get the opportunity to explore the four dimensions of health, namely the spiritual, the physical, the social, and the mental.
The sessions – which are to benefit an additional number of schools that are to join virtually – will also expose students to coping skills for stress.