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KEMH to light up in green for mental health

Chantelle Simmons, the BHB Chief of Psychiatry (File photograph by Blaire Simmons)

The island’s general hospital is to be lit in green to promote good mental health, it was announced yesterday.

Preston Swan, the vice-president of clinical operations at the Mid Atlantic Wellness Institute, will today light up the KEMH in the international colour of mental health and also linked to the Christmas season.

Chantelle Simmons, the Bermuda Hospitals Board chief of psychiatry, said: “The theme for mental health this year is kindness, and in this season of giving we want to remind the public that simply being kind to someone can have a positive impact on their mental health.

“As we experience increasing numbers of Covid positive cases in the community, stress levels are likely rising, and feelings of sadness or anxiety may emerge.

“These are normal reactions during this unprecedented period.

Being kind in this climate can be comforting, uplifting and help to boost our mood.“

Mr Swan added: “When you see the green lighting on the hospital in the December night, we would like you to pause and take stock of your mental health.

“Think kindness – being kind to yourself and to others. It need not cost money. Enjoy the beauty around you and share your thoughts with others.”

Anna Neilson Williams, the BHB deputy chief of psychiatry, highlighted that a request for help with psychiatric problems was not a sign a weakness.

She told the public: “You are not alone. We encourage you to contact MWI, your GP or one of the range of mental health professionals available within our community.”

For mental health help, call the MWI Acute Community Health Service on 249-3432.

For round-the-clock assistance with serious mental health crises, contact 239-1111.

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Published December 14, 2020 at 7:56 am (Updated December 14, 2020 at 7:55 am)

KEMH to light up in green for mental health

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