The Malta Independent 23 April 2024, Tuesday
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Mental Health Association Malta organises walk to raise awareness

Saturday, 14 October 2023, 16:14 Last update: about 7 months ago

The Mental Health Association Malta thir morning organised the "Be Kind to Your Mind - Walk for Mental Health Awareness" event.

This initiative was designed to spotlight the importance of mental health and the challenges faced by individuals with mental health issues and their caregivers.

The event commenced with participants gathering at the Triton Fountain in Valletta. From there, they walked down Republic Street, culminating their walk at St George's Square.

Valletta mayor Alfred Zammit led the walk. St George's Square welcomed attendees with information stalls from various mental health organisations, providing valuable insights and resources. The turnout was commendable, with NGOs, their members, and the general public showing up in a show of unity and awareness, participants wore green tops and t-shirts, symbolising their commitment to the cause.

Simone Borg, the President of the Mental Health Association Malta, expressed her heartfelt gratitude to all participants and supporters.

She remarked, “Together, through this walk, we emphasised the need for prioritisation and increased investment in mental health. We urge policymakers to allocate essential resources to Mental Health Services, ensuring that words translate into tangible action.”

The MHA Malta extended its appreciation to Family Carers, Service Providers, Voluntary Groups & NGOs, and the MHA Committee for their unwavering dedication. Special thanks were also given to sponsors, including the Valletta Local Council, Agenzija Sapport, Alistair Floral Design, Logo Express, JB Stores, Marsovin Winery, Farsons, Steppings Stone Thrift Shop, Mamo Party shop, Qormi, Tereza Tar-Rabbat and the talented Christian Arding the singer who elevated the event's atmosphere.

In reflection, the association underscored the urgency of implementing the National Mental Health Strategy 2020-2030 introduced by Health Minister Fearne. This event served as a platform to unite service users, caregivers, and healthcare professionals. The association emphasized the pressing need for enhanced financial support for those battling chronic mental illnesses and their caregivers.

They also highlighted the importance of refining Malta’s psychiatric hospital facilities and streamlining referral procedures for psycho-educational assessments in state schools. To conclude, the association conveyed its deep gratitude to the dedicated professionals in the mental health sector, acknowledging their pivotal role in advancing mental health care.

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