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Posted: Monday, July 1, 2019. 9:23 am CST.

By BBN Staff: The Mental Health Association (MHA) issued a statement last week condemning Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s use of mental disorders insults to Cayo South Area Representative Julius Espat.

During the Special Sitting of the House of Representatives on Friday, June 21, the Prime Minister told Espat “My pronouncement is that you are bi-polar, there is something wrong with you.”

Barrow also accused Espat of having Schizophrenia and told him that he needed to be on medication. In response, the MHA said that insults on a person’s mental health status are “never appropriate,” and that it is concerning that the insult was made by the Prime Minister in the House of Representatives. 

This morning, Special Envoy for Women and Children issued a statement asserting that no matter the situation, mental health should NEVER be used as a means to criticize or insult another person.

“We must be sensitive to the words we put out there. They are impactful and we cannot take them back,” Barrow stated.

In addition, Barrow stands with Mind Health Connect Belize and other mental health organizations in support of eliminating stigma and discrimination against mental health.

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