Montserrat's Response To Mental Health, a Model For The Region
Consultant Psychiatrist to the Ministry of Health says the Government of Montserrat’s strategic response to the psychosocial needs of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of the population is a model that should be adopted by other Caribbean countries.
Dr. Griffin Benjamin, speaking in an interview during his last visit to their island in his official capacity, believes mentally challenged persons in Montserrat are today leading meaningful and productive lives as a result of this approach.
The resolution paved the way for the provision of housing and employment opportunities for persons with mental conditions within the community.
The Psychiatrist who also runs private practices in Dominica, St. Lucia and Antigua and who is a clinical associate professor at the Ross University School of Medicine says he is proud to have been associated with the implementation of the programme and its subsequent success.
Dr. Benjamin said he is now working to have a similar programme implemented in Dominica.