Championing mental health awareness during the COVID-19 pandemic

27th July 2021 — Over the last year, thousands of Caribbean healthcare workers have become all too familiar with the personal and professional challenges and sacrifices in facing Covid-19. In the throes of vulnerable circumstances that adversely affect the physical and mental well-being, there has been a concerted effort to provide much needed relief to citizens throughout the region - many of whom are faced with grim realities associated with economic instability, psychological burdens, loss of livelihoods and a pressing need for care in dealing with an uncertain future.

One such frontline worker is Dr. Dev Persaud – one of 75 Guyanese medical workers who participated in the mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) Training. Planned by the Ministry of Health, the regionwide initiative was implemented in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).