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World Mental Health Day 2018
Wednesday, October 10, 2018


Message from the Ministry of Health on the Occasion of

World Mental Health Day


“Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters.” – Margaret Wheatley


Today, October 10th, 2018, the world observes World Mental Health Day, under the theme “Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World”.

World Mental Health Day is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma.


The Government of Trinidad and Tobago, through the Ministry of Health, remains committed to promoting healthy lifestyles and endorses this focus on mental health in youth. Research shows that 50% of mental disorders develop before the age of 14 and 75% before age 24. Young people are growing up in a technological time and are at greater risk to cyber-bullying and social pressures to be liked. The demands of continuous exams produce overwhelming amounts of fear and anxiety. These factors and others, including the mental health of caretakers, increase the likelihood of children developing mental health problems in their youth and adulthood.


The Ministry of Health acknowledges that our young people are not being sufficiently equipped to combat the many challenges that gradually threaten their mental health and well-being. This year’s focus on young people recognises the need for greater advocacy, access to mental health information and timely care. World Mental Health Day aims to bring an end to the years of silence around mental health and to highlight the issues that challenge our nation's youth today. The Ministry, through the Mental Health Unit sees this day as an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of mental health in every sphere of the society. This year the Ministry in collaboration with PAHO/WHO and Create Better Minds will launch its inaugural “Paint De Town Green” campaign. It is an opportunity for collective advocacy for mental health and to encourage parents to recognise the symptoms of mental illness in their children and to be guided to seek assistance. Every sector of our society has a part to play in the mental health of our young people.


The Ministry of Health remains committed to effectively addressing the challenge of eradicating the stigma and silence attached to mental illness in all its forms. For ultimately, “There is no Health without Mental Health!”




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