Mental health gets spotlight

An open house at the Ministry of Health and march to Delap Park were among activities sponsored to promote mental health and suicide prevention by the Department of Human Services in partnership with Marshall Islands Epidemiology Prevention Initiatives (MI-EPI) and the International Organization for Migration. Photo: Chewy Lin.

EVE BURNS
International Mental Health Day was the big event in Majuro last week Thursday, when many gathered for an open house at the hospital’s mental health clinic and later marched out to Delap Park wearing green in support of preventing suicide in the Marshall Islands.

There were activities throughout the day, talk story about mental health, and massages provided to help relax participants. Kids were dancing around the mental health clinic to help stress and it brought a lot of laughter and smiles.

Health Sectary Jack Niedenthal joined the walk and afterwards gave words of encouragements to the youth. Majuro Mayor Ladie Jack joined the program at Delap Park to show support for the program.

The RMI Health Advisory Council led by the Department of Human Services in partnership with Marshall Islands Epidemiology Prevention Initiatives (MI-EPI) and the International Organization for Migration coordinated the activities for RMI Mental Health Day.

Read more about this in the October 18, 2019 edition of the Marshall Islands Journal.

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