Mental Health Awareness Week launched

From Bernews: Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 was launched by Minister of Health Kim Wilson today [Oct 8] with the theme of ‘Mental Health and Young People in a Changing World.’

A spokesperson said, “About 75% of mental illnesses appear by the age of 24, with about half appearing by 14 years old. A message of the campaign is that education about mental health and interventions at a young age will vastly improvement lives – from educational achievement, to employment and relationships.”

Glenn Caisey, Director of Mental Health Services at the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute, said, “The mental health of our young people is precious. Identifying and responding to mental disorders in this age group is critical to give them the best chance at a fulfilling life.”

Mental Health Awareness Week Bermuda Oct 2018

“There is much that impacts our mental wellbeing at this age – how we are treated by our families and friends being critical. Bullying, cyberbullying, coming to terms with our individual gender identity and sexual orientation, family and peer pressures and violence in our communities and the world impact the mental well-being of our youth… Read the full article at

Published 8 October 2018


16 October 2018 Media

Mental health poetry competition launched for young people

3 October 2018: Bermuda Hospitals Board today announces the launch of a poetry competition ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week in October. Young people between the ages of 12 and 18 are being invited to write poems of up to 26 lines for the theme ‘Mental Health and Young People in a Changing World’. The poetry competition is free to enter, and there will be gift certificate prizes.

The competition opens today and the deadline is Tuesday 16 October 2018. Winners will be announced on Friday 19 October at the launch of the MindFrame PhotoVoice Exhibition at the Bermuda Society of Arts, an exhibition of photographs and art by people who use services at the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute.

Natasha Lisa Kalloo, Registered Mental Health Nurse in Child & Adolescent Services and member of the Mental Health Awareness Week Committee, comments: “The theme is Mental Health and Young People in a Changing World. During Mental Health Awareness Week we will talk about a number of issues impacting young people, but we wanted our young people in Bermuda to have a voice too. This poetry competition gives a creative way for them to speak about life in their own words and how it impacts their mental health – what makes them happy, sad, anxious, or depressed, for example and how they manage these emotions.

“There is no entry fee, and we want to encourage individual as well as school entries. We hope schools will see this competition as a way to talk about mental health and how it impacts their students, and that writing poetry is a way for them to communicate thoughts, feelings and events that may be challenging.”

Mental Health Awareness Week Poetry Competition Rules

Mental Health Awareness Week Poetry Competition flyer

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