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Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton.


October 14, 2022 | By Colin O. Jarrett |

Over the next three months, more than 500 school professionals from Jamaica’s 177 secondary schools will receive mental health training through the Government’s School Mental Health Literacy Programme.

The programme was launched at Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort and Spa in Hanover recently.  The programme is part of an effort to develop a curriculum on how to respond effectively to students’ mental health issues and conditions, promoting awareness in schools to improve students’ attitudes, confidence and knowledge while also reducing the stigma associated with the common issue.

The $10-million effort, led by the Ministry of Health and Wellness in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Youth, will enable trained educators, school nurses and guidance counsellors to provide mental health first aid to the island’s twenty-one thousand grade nine students.

While addressing the launch of the programme, Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton said “school is a fertile soil for developing good habits as well as for bad habits to be promulgated.  So it is natural that we have to start there”.  Dr Tufton informed that while mental health affects aspects of society, emphasis must be placed on the youth.

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