From left are: MHF Information and Prevention Coordinator Bart van der Meijden, Rotary Club of St. Maarten Mid-Isle President Denise Antrobus and MHF executive assistant Cyrille Brooks.
CAY HILL–Mental Health Foundation (MHF) will be launching a new social project in May to educate the community about mental health and the services that are available to persons who are in need of these services.
The project also aims at showing that the stigma and attitudes attached to mental health in the community are not correct, and that “there is always a place where you can go to get help or information in confidence.”
MHF recently made a presentation at the weekly meeting of Rotary Club of St. Maarten, Mid-isle. In the presentation, MHF explained the current situation of mental health in the country, the services it provides and the challenges ahead. “One of the biggest challenges MHF deals with is the way people think about mental health and mental health patients. Because there is very little knowledge about mental health, people tend to think in terms of “sane” and “crazy” and “crazy house,” MHF said in a press release.
“If you and the people around you believe this, it can be tough to look for help, because you might be afraid of what people may think and say about you, and that they may also treat you differently. When the small things in life (that almost everyone experiences once in their life) are not dealt with, they can escalate into severe mental problems.”
MHF said Rotary Club of St. Maarten Mid-Isle is supporting MHF in the cause of mental health awareness, and presented MHF with a cheque after the meeting. MHF thanked the Rotary Club of St. Maarten Mid-Isle for its help this time and in the past as Rotary had also recently donated new signage at MHF.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/87167-rotary-donates-to-mhf-project-starting-in-may