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Ministry of Health & Wellness observes World Mental Health Day on Sunday, October 10

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Posted: Saturday, October 9, 2021. 3:11 pm CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Ministry of Health & Wellness (MOHW) joins the global community on Sunday, October 10, in observing World Mental Health Day.

“This year’s theme, “Mental Health in an Unequal World,” highlights the inaccessibility of mental health services to 75% to 95% of persons with mental disorders in low- and middle-income countries,” said the Government of Belize Press Office.

“Furthermore, it points to the disproportionate investment in mental health in comparison to the overall health budget in countries, which contributes to a gap in mental health treatment around the world.”

According to the MOHW, many Belizeans and people around the globe have suffered significantly of mental health problems during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Disadvantaged communities are being more acutely affected by lockdowns and associated measures, infections, deaths, and the socioeconomic impact of unemployment. Mental health continues to be a vital national issue, and the need for meaningful support in the community has become even more important as the country navigates these challenges,” said the MOHW.

The Press Office release said that as we observe Mental Health Day that people are encouraged to look after their mental health by limiting time spent on social media, by exercising and eating healthy food, and by getting enough sleep. We are also advised to take time to read, meditate, practice yoga, and connect with friends and family safely as these measures can also be beneficial to mental health.

Belizeans are “invited to participate in World Mental Health Day activities in their area, which will include tree planting, poster competitions, distribution of food hampers, educational sessions and media rounds”.

People suffering from mental health problems are also advised to visit the mental health clinics located at the nearest public hospital and to talk to their primary care provider. Appointments can be set up by calling the 0-800-MOH-CARE (0-800-664-2273) hotline for assistance.

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