Hospital going green to promote mental wellbeing
A wing of the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital will be lit up in green from tomorrow in an effort to promote positive mental wellbeing.
Preston Swan, the vice-president of clinical operations at the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute, said the move was part of a campaign to encourage the public to be “joyous and celebratory” during the holiday season.
Mr Swan said: “Positive thoughts engender positive feelings, which promote good mental health.
“This December, we will again light the outside of our sister facility, King Edward VII Memorial Hospital’s acute care wing, in green.”
This year’s theme for mental health awareness is “Make Mental Health and Wellbeing for All a Bermuda Priority”.
Anna Neilson-Williams, the Bermuda Hospitals Board’s chief of psychiatry, said: “We can all reflect and recognise where we may be feeling stressed or pressured, and take small steps to address our mental health, particularly considering the challenges of recent years.
“We encourage you to contact MWI, your GP or one of the many mental health professionals available within our community if you need support. You are not alone.”
The MWI Acute Community Mental Health Service on 249-3432. For serious mental health crises at any time of the day or night, call 239-1111.