Workshop offers advice on mental health issues

  • From left: Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health, Virloy Lewin, a promotion coordinator at the health ministry, and Dr Cherita Rayner, a MWI Clinical Psychologist (Photograph supplied).

    From left: Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health, Virloy Lewin, a promotion coordinator at the health ministry, and Dr Cherita Rayner, a MWI Clinical Psychologist (Photograph supplied).


The Ministry of Health in partnership with the Bermuda Hospitals Board recently sponsored an introduction to Mental Health First Aid workshop.

BHB offers a Mental Health First Aid Course to provide staff and the public with the resources to help those experiencing mental health problems and to guide them to the appropriate professional help.

The two-day course is part of the BHB’s efforts to educate staff and community about mental health issues and to decrease the social stigma related to mental illness.

Last week, the Ministry of Health in partnership with BHB held a 90 minute workshop for general public, faith based and community organisations, and schools.

Dr Cherita Rayner, MWI Clinical Psychologist gave an overview of how to approach someone suffering from depression, anxiety or suicidal thoughts.

The Bermuda Red Cross was present promote their services, specifically the psychosocial first aid responder training and BHB provided information on their mental health services.

The BHB Mental Health First Aid Certification course is offered every two months throughout the year.

The first course in 2020 is on 21 and 22 February.

For more information and dates for the year, please e-mail mhfa@bhb.bm or go to the MWI section of bermudahospitals.com.

* Press release issued by the Government of Bermuda.

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Published Oct 29, 2019 at 5:03 pm (Updated Oct 29, 2019 at 5:03 pm)

Workshop offers advice on mental health issues

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