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The Solid Waste Management Corporation St. Kitts host successful Mental Health Symposium


by Eulana Weekes

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The Solid Waste Management Corporation, in collaboration with the St. Kitts Mental Health Association, hosted its first-ever Mental Health Symposium. The event was held on Friday, May 24, under the theme: ‘Creating a Culture of Psychological Safety’.


The symposium was attended primarily by Human Resource professionals from across various sectors in St. Kitts.


Participant in the symposium and the Director of Human Resources for the Park Hyatt St. Kitts, Waveney Henry, said the event was engaging and informative and shared areas for improvement at her workplace regarding mental health.


“I really love the fact that this Mental Health Symposium happened. It was informative. I love the range of topics, parenting, compassionate workplaces, [and] how to deal with burnout. I love the scenario that the first speaker presented. I think we do a great job with Park Hyatt, of course, but one of the things I think that we can do a little bit better is bringing more awareness of mental health, and it’s something that my HR Training Manager and I have discussed. And so what we plan to do is every other month, we plan to bring a safe day where we would invite someone to speak about mental health, and so I would love to see more of this type of conversation, especially at work, and I’m really happy that I showed up.”


President of the St. Kitts Mental Health Association, Zahra Jacobs, said she was pleased with the Human Resource professionals’ feedback and looks forward to more compassionate workplaces.


“I really want to thank Zaria Brown from Solid Waste Management Corporation for this amazing symposium. The crowd was very engaged. People were really active, and I’m looking forward to HR professionals and corporations taking that next step to make their workplaces compassionate, recognising mental health and the needs of their employees, and hopefully they’ll make a better safety.”


Counsellor Davin Francis, a representative from the National Counselling Centre and a student pursuing doctoral studies in clinical psychology, said the symposium marked a significant step forward in promoting mental health awareness.


“In terms of the feedback today, I would say it is very much evident of where we are in terms of the development of the mental health landscape in St. Kitts and Nevis. I’m saying that because the feedback was positive, it was open. I’ve been in the mental health field for over ten years now, and I’ve seen the growth where individuals are much more open in terms of wanting to discuss problems in this area. I’m hoping that a lot of the HR individuals who are here today [are] going to take the information and the feedback that was given and try to make the workplace better and advance mental health in that area.”


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