The Importance of Mental Health Awareness in the Caribbean

In My Head with Simon

This post was written by Healthy Minds Jamaica. For more content on mental health, click the link to follow them on Instagram.

Mental Health has long been known as a taboo topic of discussion within the Caribbean region. As nationals of this region we pride ourselves as strong people due to the resilience from our unfortunate history of chattel slavery. The stigma attached to mental health labels it as a ‘weakness’ and this goes against our very nature as ‘strong people’. The reality is we are all affected by mental health whether directly or indirectly. In this essay I will explore the issues that encourage ignorance on mental health and how the region can collaborate to solve the issue.

I am a Jamaican and I know first hand how our society tends to ignore these issues and put bandaids on the problems that wound our well being. Living in…

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