Mental health group seeks to increase awareness of illness
Mental health awareness campaigners yesterday brought their message to Bermuda with a proclamation on the steps of City Hall.
American author and philanthropist Shanti Das created the group Silence the Shame after she suffered from depression and experienced the impact of mental illness on close friends and family.
She said: “I hope to spark an international conversation that will lead to increased awareness and funding to support those living with mental health conditions.”
The day's events, which included a panel discussion at the Bermuda National Gallery, were organised by Savvy Entertainment and Bermuda Hospitals Board.
Preston Swan, vice-president of quality and risk management at BHB, said: “The general public tends not to realise that mental illness affects a significant number of people in the community, many of whom are able to learn to cope and manage their condition.
“An understanding society, where people are caring and supportive of those with mental illness creates a healthy environment for the community at large.
“At MWI, we encourage dialogue and efforts that foster this attitude. So we are happy to take part in the Silence the Shame initiative's panel discussion here at home.”