Mental health policy launch today

Friday March 04, 2016 Written by Published in Health

IN an effort to address mental health and road safety issues, the Ministry of Health will launch the Cook Island’s Mental Health Policy and Cook Islands Road Safety Strategy at Sinai Hall today.

 

The ministry’s policy and research manager Valentino Wichman said it had taken a year to draft the policies and a couple of weeks to organise the event.

He said the new mental health policy aimed to provide care, enhance recovery and reduce disability among those affected by mental disorders.

“The Cook Islands Mental Health and Well Being policy 2015 was endorsed last year and  the Cook Islands road safety strategy 2016-2020 in January this year,” Wichman said.

The aim was to create a nation where mental wellbeing was valued, recognised and understood, he said.

Wichman said sufferers needed the public’s support to reach their potential.

“They need to know that there is a guideline for mental health and well-being in the country – and that mental health is being recognised as a priority for our people.”

The launch event will begin at 10am.

 

                - Atasa Moceituba

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