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Posted: Friday, September 4, 2020. 5:03 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The Ministry of Health (MOH), responding to a growing public need, says that it will be making special focus on promoting positive mental health practices to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic in the upcoming week.

Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services for the ministry, said that there have been increasing reports of persons having panic and anxiety attacks, as the pandemic and its effects on society continue. Manzanero said that the ministry will be reaching out to all its media partners and utilizing all of its social media platforms next week, to have that greater focus on mental health in an effort to help Belizeans cope with the mental strain the pandemic has brought with it.

“Next week (there) is also World Suicide Prevention Day, it’s celebrated every September 10, it’s usually caught up with St. Georges Caye Day in Belize so it’s not that visible. But we intend to highlight that  particular component at the beginning of next week and throughout the week,” Manzanero said.

At the end of August, the MOH featured Mental Health Coordinator Iveth Quintanilla on Ask the Experts, to share mental health coping tips for dealing with the pandemic. Quintanilla’s presentation included points such as limiting the amount of COVID-19 news consumed for a given day, keeping the body healthy with diet and exercise to improve mental well being, focusing on things that can be controlled, and finding creative outlets to help manage stress.

 

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