By Ms. Sadia Moore
On October 10, 2022 the world observed World Mental Health Day, with special focus on the global theme, Mental Health and Well-Being for all a Global Priority. The School of Social Sciences (SSS) at the University of the Southern Caribbean, in recognition of this day, hosted a live programme on Wednesday, October 5, 2022. The programme focused on raising awareness of mental health, and encouraging a culture that supports mental health and well-being at the University of the Southern Caribbean, the community and Trinidad & Tobago. The university believes that such a program will mobilize efforts in support of mental health wellness in the Caribbean region.
The feature presenter was Dr. Samuel Shafe, Medical Director, St. Ann’s Psychiatric Hospital. Specially invited guests who shared a brief message to the audience included, Ms. Ashvini Nath, Manager of the Mental Health Unit at the Ministry of Health and Mrs. Irma Bailey-Reyes, Interim Supervisor, Developmental Assessment & Intervention Unit, Ministry of Education. There were 400 persons watching live virtually and 55 persons attended live, which consisted of students, faculty, staff, and the public.