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Jihan Williams delivers inspirational message in commemoration of World Mental Health Day

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by Eulana Weekes

St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): In observance of World Mental Health Day, author Jihan Williams has lent her voice to the conversation on the importance of mental health.

Williams via her social media Facebook, said mental health intervention is equally important to physical health intervention; encouraging individuals to make a concerted effort in taking care of their mental health.

“I think that mental health intervention is just as important as physical health intervention because our mental health can actually have a great impact on our physical health, the way we live our lives, the way that we produce and navigate the world. The anxiety, the depression, the grief, these are things that can cripple us, so it is really important that we all pay attention to our mental health and the things that are really going on inside of our minds and our hearts [like] past traumas, difficulties you’re facing with finances, difficulties in your relationships. These things have an impact, so you really have to make a conscious decision to try and get these things addressed.”

Having her own challenges with mental health, Williams advised individuals to unwind and engage in activities that will help with relaxation.

“I am hoping today that you will take some time to breathe and decompress and try to really address whatever is happening inside of you mentally. Whatever is having an impact on your heart and your mind; maybe do something that is relaxing, something that brings you joy, or something that really just causes you to stop and relax.”

Williams is suggesting that more individuals pursue courses relating to counselling so as to assist the people of St.Kitts and Nevis who are experiencing mental health challenges.

“Now I wish we had more counsellors here in St.Kitts and Nevis that people could go and see, but I am hoping that that’s an area that people start considering more for academic studies. We need more professional counsellors, because there are so many of us suffering from mental health issues.”

World Mental Health Day is celebrated annually on October 10. The theme for 2022 is ‘Making mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority.

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