Gov’t Senator Calls for End to Mental Illness Stigma

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Consultant Psychiatrist and Government Senator, Dr Saphire Longmore, is urging Jamaicans to desist from stigmatizing persons with mental illness.

She was speaking at the World Mental Health Public Forum, at the Bellevue Hospital last evening.

She says mentally ill people face discrimination by employers, the media and other sections of society.

Dr. Longmore says much of the fear and stigma is fueled by ignorance.

Dr Saphire Longmore, Consultant Psychiatrist and Government Senator, speaking at the World Mental Health Public Forum, at the Bellevue Hospital last evening.

Consultant Psychiatrist, Physician and Public Health Specialist, Dr Earl Wright, is calling on persons to refrain from making jokes relating to the mentally ill.

Dr Earl Wright, Consultant Psychiatrist, Physician and Public Health Specialist.

Courtney Jackson, is urging mentally ill persons to be aware of the things that are what she calls ‘triggers’.

Ms Jackson has been diagnosed with Type Two Bi-Polar disorder.
She’s a university student and a performer.

Courtney Jackson, University student and performer diagnosed with Type Two Bi-polar disorder.

They were speaking last evening at the World Mental Health Public Forum, at the Bellevue Hospital.



Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.


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