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Share 59 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Mental Health: My Primary Health Care Responsibility by: – October 10, 2011 Tweet Share Hon. Julius Timothy. Today, October 10th, 2011, the Ministry of Health joins the rest of the world in observing World Mental Health Day. This year, we selected our own Campaign theme which best reflects our current position on Mental Health in Dominica. The theme “Mental Health: My Primary Health Care Responsibility” is a rallying call to all Dominicans. Our mental health is a most important treasure and we must do everything possible to protect it. The main goal of this campaign is to improve community services for all our clients. Therefore, the government’s focus is to empower the District Health Teams, who most often are the first responders to persons with mental health problems.Evidence put forward by the World Health Organization demonstrates that the economic and social burden of mental disorders on national economies is worsening. It has recognized for a long time that Mental and Physical health problems are interrelated. It further warns countries that the treatment gap for mental disorders is too wide and that people living with mental health problems should have greater access to treatment. They further advised that providing primary care for mental health has many advantages for patients and the country on a whole. It Enhances access to a higher quality of service and Promotes respect for the human rights of persons suffering with mental health problems.So my government supports the integration of mental health services into Primary care because it is affordable and cost effective. This new approach will definitely result in good health outcomes for the individuals affected, their families and society as a whole.Let us look at some of the statistics available that advise our new position. Recent Caribbean and Latin American studies indicate that a high percentage of people who need mental health care, do not receive this care.1. For instance, although 6% of the Caribbean population is diagnosed as either abusing or dependent on alcohol daily; over 70% of these persons do not receive mental health care.2. Marijuana and crack use is rampant among the youth population. Yet care is not readily accessible.3. Another example is anxiety disorder, in which only 2 in every 5 persons suffering with the disorder receive professional care.4. Furthermore, although depression affects 6% of our population, as many as 3 in every 5 depressed persons never receive adequate mental health care.5. Imagine that psychoses and schizophrenia, a group of mental illnesses that affects about 1% of all populations throughout the world leaves more than 1 in 3 of its victims without any care. These persons are more likely left abandoned, homeless, and hungry and wander the streets, or harass visitors and locals.There is definitely a huge treatment gap. This year’s campaign theme seeks to address the need to bridge this gap and improve the quality of mental health care. It is expected that a new approach will result in all health care workers taking full responsibility for our brothers and sisters suffering with mental health problems. This new disposition will put an end to the tradition of stigmatized mental health care services for Dominicans.It is widely accepted that the stigma of hospital care is a strong barrier and keeps sick people away from consulting mental health specialist at the Psychiatric Unit. The Ministry of Health accepts that mental health services in our country need further upgrading. Persons living with mental illnesses do not receive equitable care for their diseases. This is a public health problem and the Ministry must find an effective way to improve the quality of care to all Dominicans. Therefore, this year’s campaign aims to call on all concerned to make mental health care services available at the primary care level. This includes not only health centers but anywhere within the community such as community homes for children and adults, schools and other national institutions. We can protect people’s mental health by changing our own negative attitudes. The Director General of the World Health Organization Dr. Margaret Chan stated:“Primary care starts with people. And, integrating mental health services into primary care is the most viable way of ensuring that people have access to the mental health care they need. People can access mental health services closer to their homes, thus keeping families together and maintaining their daily activities.” Dominica has a renowned Primary Health Care System. Each community has easy access to health centers and health professionals. This system of care has contributed more than any other system to elevate the standard of the national health system. Because of this reality, the Ministry has embarked on this campaign of integrating all stable psychiatric patients into the general health center clinics throughout the island. Persons with mental health problems will now be fully accommodated and treated by their District Medical Officers and the rest of the health team. This changed practice will allow time for the specialist team from the Acute Psychiatric Unit to pay greater attention to persons who are noncompliant with treatment. In fact, this group of mentally unstable persons is partly responsible for the negative attitude of the public towards all persons with mental illnesses. The new approach of Assertive Community Therapy will definitely stabilize their lives and that of their communities.The case for integrating mental health in primary care is essentially a call for District Health Teams to get more involved in the provision of mental health care. In this year’s campaign specialist team of mental health workers is travelling throughout the island conducting Case Management Workshop with the District Health Teams. The aim is to empower Primary Health Care Workers to recognize the risk factors for mental illnesses thereby enabling them to provide better treatment and support for the vulnerable patients. It is important to stress that in Dominica we believe that there is no health without mental health and that mental health is more than the mere absence of a mental disorder. Therefore, mental health is the foundation for well-being and effective functioning for an individual and for a community. Mental health and by extension mental illness is determined by multiple and interacting social, psychological and biological factors. The Ministry of Health recognizes that promoting the mental health of Dominicans is not the sole responsibility of the Ministry. In November 2011, the final draft of the national mental health policy will be presented at a second national consultation for stakeholders. The new national mental health policies and programs demonstrate that an integration of mental health in education, labor, housing, justice, community development and welfare as well as other health sectors is the only way forward.The Community Mental Health Team encourages all citizens of Dominica to join in this campaign to increase awareness that persons suffering with mental health problems may have better outcomes if they seek early consultations with their primary health care providers. The Ministry is pleased that the quality of mental health services is improving within the health system and recognizes the tremendous efforts of the Consultant Psychiatrist and other Medical Officers, the support services of the Clinical Counselor, the Social Worker, and the Occupational Therapist. Most significantly, two qualified Psychiatric Nurses recently returned from training overseas and have joined the team of dedicated nurses. The task of delivering optimum mental health care is not easy but the reward is evident throughout the society.The activities planned for this years’ campaign includes; a National Consultation for Stakeholders, Case Management meetings with all District Health Teams throughout the Primary Health Care System, Fun & Sports day for Clients, and Media Presentations by mental health care providers.We therefore urge our fellow citizens to remain supportive to persons suffering with mental disorders. In this way we can all help to create a healthy and productive Dominica.Address by Minister of Health, Hon. Julius Timothy
For the holidays, the 100 Black Men of South Florida (BMSF) continues its mission to spread the joy of Thanksgiving in South Florida to economically disadvantaged individuals and families.Since 1989, the 100 BMSF, through its Thanksgiving Food Drive, has purchased and assembled “baskets” with traditional Thanksgiving meals for South Florida residents in need. The 100 and its partners deliver the meals to various social and community partner programs. The agencies identify the families and distribute the meals.To date, more than 250,000 individuals in South Florida have benefited from the program through the 100’s partnership with various companies. The 100 serve Thanksgiving meals to families who live as far south as Florida City, and as far north as to Sunrise, with assistance from its logistics partner – UPS and other volunteer contributors such as Florida Power & Light Company (FPL).“Publix Supermarkets has been gracious to be our valued food partner the past 15 years,” said Bobby Hall, an officer of the 100 and the lead organizer for the event. “As we continue to impact the lives of many families year to year with our Thanksgiving Food Drive, and as the number of those in need seeking a holiday blessing continues to grow, the 100 Black Men of South Florida and our partners, including volunteers from FPL, will always strive to be there to lend a helping hand.”This year’s event will be held at the Publix Supermarket at 9050 Biscayne Blvd., Miami Shores, FL 33138 on Saturday, November 17 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m
The Portuguese superstar will appear in a Spanish court on Monday, 31st July 2017, to testify in a hearing on his $17m tax evasion charges.Stillitano continues: “I’m extremely disappointed, but we still have the two best teams and the top stars minus one.”At the end of last season, Ronaldo reportedly indicated he wants to leave Real Madrid due to tax prosecutions in Spain, but Real’s President, Florentino Perez has since debunked the exit speculations. Related Real Madrid forward, Cristiano Ronaldo will miss the International Champions Cup (ICC) El Clasico match in Miami today, due to personal commitments.According to Relevent Sports chairman (The company in charge of the ICC), Charlie Stillitano, who explained the absence to Miami Herald: “Unfortunately, Ronaldo’s personal commitments precluded him from being here,“He really wanted to be here. This is not a diva situation. He was hoping that he could make it. He waited until today to let us know, but it just didn’t work out.
Lions QB Matthew Stafford played through ‘tiny fractures’ in back in 2018, reports say Lions release running back Theo Riddick to make room for Mike Daniels “He’s a super fierce competitor,” left tackle Taylor Decker said. “I don’t go against him every single play, but there are plays I have to block him. He has a huge motor. I’m glad he’s on our team.“I think he’s great for us to have. Obviously, the organization felt that way, going out to get him. He’s going to make us better. He’s a little spicy. He’ll be fun. It makes it fun coming out here. You want to have some energy and competition in practice. It makes it fun.” Former All-Pro safety Glover Quin retires He addressed media Sunday, citing Patricia as the reason he joined the organization.“Coach Patricia, flat out,” Daniels said, via the team’s website. “He’s just a genius. He really is. He understands the game of football. He knows what it takes. So to be able to play for a coach like that it means everything. I’m really trying to be restrained right now because I’m so excited. If I could do a backflip right now I’d do one, but I can’t. I’m really excited.”Daniels was even thankful he got released from Green Bay after spending his entire seven-year career there, up to this point.“I thank god that I got cut and I have an opportunity to play for a defensive genius,” he added.Daniels regressed last season, tallying 18 tackles and two sacks in 10 games, and the Packers reportedly attempted to trade him during the offseason.But, his resume earned high praise from Patricia — who said Daniels is “one of the guys that loves the grind of the game” — and fellow teammates. Daniels penned a reported one-year deal worth $9.1 million ($7.8 million of that fully guaranteed) with Detroit, which made sure they landed the Pro Bowl defensive tackle by waiving running back Theo Riddick in a corresponding move.It happened just two days after Daniels was released by the Packers on the eve of training camp. Related News There was one key factor in Mike Daniels’ decision to join the Lions.It was Matt Patricia.
London, United Kingdom | AFP | Monaco full-back Benjamin Mendy has signed a mega five-year contract with Manchester City, the Premier League club announced on Monday.The 23-year-old, who joined the French champions from Marseille last summer, has agreed a deal reported to be worth a record £52 million (58 million euros, $67 million) for a defender.The France player will link up with his new teammates in the United States where Pep Guardiola’s side are preparing for their second pre-season tour game against Real Madrid in Los Angeles.“I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester City,” Mendy said. “They are one of Europe’s leading Clubs and in Pep Guardiola they have a manager committed to playing attacking football.“I am sure that over the next few years we will be successful.” Guardiola was desperate to add Mendy to his full-back options after releasing Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta this summer, but City’s original £44.5 million ($55.7 million, 49.7 million euros) offer was rejected.The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss had already lured Tottenham’s England right-back Kyle Walker to Etihad Stadium in a deal which could be worth up to £54 million ($70.1 million, 60.1 million euros) and Monaco wanted a similar amount for Mendy.Mendy becomes City’s fifth major signing of the summer and takes their spending to more than £200m (223 million euros, $260 million).The Premier League giants, who have already raided Monaco in the close season having signed midfielder Bernardo Silva, and on Sunday welcomed another full-back, Real Madrid’s Danilo.Mendy made his France debut in a 3-1 World Cup qualifying victory over Luxembourg in March, and won Ligue 1 in his first season with Monaco.Share on: WhatsApp