The Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centre announces that May is being observed as mental health awareness month.
The Centre is also holding its fourth annual Incredible Race and Family Fun Day under the theme: “Living with Mental Illness”, on Saturday, May 21st 2016 at the Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park.
Speaking with the Director of Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services from the BVI Health Services Authority, Dr. Virginia Rubaine stated, “It is very important to increase the public’s knowledge about mental wellness and continue the task of reducing the discrimination and stigma against persons living with mental illnesses. For the entire month of May, the Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centre will provide the Territory with information and tips on how persons can function more effectively if they are suffering with depression, anxiety, and psychosis to name a few conditions.”
The Incredible Race is an event loosely based on the Emmy Award winning CBS hit, ‘The Amazing Race’, which is a competition that tasks teams of four people to work together while completing both physical and mental challenges. The competition fosters camaraderie while engaging in team spirit, thus creating lasting memories while heightening the community’s awareness of Mental Health and Wellness.
The Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centre announce that registration is now open and teams of four persons can complete the registration forms.
Teams that register before Monday, 9th May will receive the early bird special price of $120.00. The regular registration cost is $200.00 per team. All proceeds support the Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centre. The 2016 grand prize is a Caribbean Cruise. For more information please call 852-7670.
Throughout the month of May members from the Community Health and Substance Abuse Centre will also make guest appearances on local radio/television programmes, host an open house at Peebles Hospital, and do weekly distribution of information throughout the media.
The British Virgin Islands Health Services Authority is committed to providing services that will meet the needs of the entire Virgin Islands Community and everyone is encouraged to participate in all activities to support and promote good mental health.