Breaking the stigma

2018-11-13 06:00
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In a bid to break the stigma attached to mental illness in light of the growing number of patients treated in Mitchell’s Plain, the provincial Department of Health, in conjunction with Rehabilitation Care Workers (RCW) and fourth year UWC Occupational Therapy students held a mental health awareness initiative outside the Mitchell’s Plain Community Health Centre on Wednesday last week.

The initiative aimed at creating a community preventative strategy to increase awareness around mental health concerns and combating stigma, following mental health, becoming a global concern and more so, a concern closer to home.

The theme of the event was “Breaking the stigma, breaking the silence”.

A plain sheet was hung at the event to encourage passersby to write messages of support to those suffering from mental
illness.

The students and staff also had various information
pamphlets.

There was also artwork done by mental health patients that displayed messages from them to the community.

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