Hospital to be bathed in green to raise mental health awareness
King Edward VII Memorial Hospital is bathed in green light this month to raise awareness of mental health issues.
Preston Swan, the acting chief operating officer and vice-president of clinical operations at the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute, formally flick the switched.
A Bermuda Hospitals Board spokesman said that green was the colour used internationally to denote mental health issues and this year it wanted to urge the public to make nature a part of their everyday life.
Mr Swan said that the Covid-19 pandemic had brought mental health issues to the fore as many faced increased stress and anxiety.
He added: “As a mental health professional, I would urge you to spend some time in nature. It is scientifically proven to have a calming effect on the mind.
“When you add relaxed deep breathing, you may actually feel an improvement in your stress level and blood pressure.
“As you pass by KEMH in the December night, please enjoy the green light. Green is a calming colour. Take stock of your mental health and think positive thoughts.”
Anna Neilson-Williams, the BHB acting chief of psychiatry, added that anyone who was feeling overwhelmed should reach out to a professional who can help.
Dr Neilson-Williams said: “Seeking support is not a sign of weakness.
“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.”
Anyone in need of mental health assistance can call the MWI Acute Community Health Service at 249-3432 or – for serious mental health crises at any time – call 239-1111.