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Posted: Tuesday 26 March, 2024 at 4:20 PM

Prioritizing mental health: St. Kitts PM leads call for wellness awareness

By: Staff Reporter,

    BASSETERRE, St. Kitts -- PRIME Minister Dr. Terrance Drew has call for residents to prioritize all facets of their mental health and wellness, emphasizing the importance of monitoring dietary habits and exercise routines.


    The plea comes in light of recent tragic events, which have underscored the urgency of addressing mental health concerns within the community.


    During an appearance on Freedom FM, a concerned caller prompted the Prime Minister to address the issue, urging residents to engage in regular physical activity, adopt balanced diets, and moderate consumption of salt and sugary foods.


    Dr. Drew, who also serves as the Minister of Health, emphasized the benefits of incorporating more fruits and vegetables into one's diet while reducing salt and sugar intake, citing significant improvements in overall well-being.


    Acknowledging the prevailing stigma surrounding discussions on mental health, Dr. Drew emphasized the importance of seeking support from trusted individuals, whether partners, family members, friends, or religious leaders. He highlighted the value of cultivating healthy hobbies and maintaining positive social connections as vital strategies for safeguarding mental health.


    In response to the growing need for mental health services, the government has taken proactive steps, including the recruitment of a psychologist at the JNF Hospital and the establishment of a dedicated task force to address underreported issues.


    Furthermore, plans are underway to allocate funds for the construction of a counseling center aimed at providing comprehensive support for the mental wellness of the populace, with construction slated to commence this year.


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