The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that the main psychological impacts of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, are stress and anxiety. These behaviours come as a result of the fear of contracting the virus, economic uncertainty and the lack of physical contact for an extended period. Other psychological issues include loneliness and depression. Harmful alcohol and/or drug use, suicide and other self-harm behaviours can also be expected.
Recognising the need for greater emotional support, the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW), through its public health centers provides mental health services for the early detection and treatment of mental health problems, as well as for the rehabilitation of affected persons. These services are offered at public health centres islandwide.
MOHW Mental Health Initiatives:
• Child Guidance Clinics – These clinics support young people who have psychological issues. This is necessary, as studies show that children as young as age 14 have emotional challenges. There are 11 clinics located at health centers and hospitals throughout the island. Interested persons can contact the regional health authorities for further information on locations and schedules.
Regional Health Authority
|South East Regional Health Authority||Tel: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Southern Regional Health Authorityemail@example.com|
|North East Regional Health Authorityfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Western Regional Health Authority||876- email@example.com|
• ‘Share Your Story’ – This is an online community that is geared toward promoting self-expression for people struggling with the daily concerns of COVID-19.
Website – www.moh.gov.jm/mental-health/how-to-share-your-story/
• ‘Speak up Speak now’ – This campaign is aimed at reducing the stigma that surrounds mental health problems. It includes a Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Helpline, which is toll free and provides 24-hour assistance for persons with mental health issues.
Helpline – 1-888-NEW-LIFE (1-888-639-5433)
Good mental health is important for an individual’s overall well-being. Therefore, the public is encouraged to take advantage of the available resources.
For further information on the MOHW’s Mental Health Clinic schedules, visit:
For mental health emergencies, contact:
|South East||876-930-1152 or 876-928-1381-9|
For further information, contact:
Ministry of Health and Wellness
10-16 Grenada Crescent