Tuesday 22 September, 2020

Depression identified in Soufriere residents after screening exercise

Jana Felix Edward (center) flanked by co-workers

Jana Felix Edward (center) flanked by co-workers

The Ministry of Health and Wellness last week identified persons in Soufriere with mild to moderate depression.

That’s according to Jana Felix Edward, a community mental health nurse, who was part of a team which carried out a screening exercise in Soufriere last Thursday, September 10, as part of the ministry’s observation of Suicide Awareness and Prevention Day.

They also carried out a similar exercise in Vieux-Fort the following day, but did not identify anyone with any signs of depression.

Commenting on the screening in Soufriere, Edward told Loop News: “In Soufriere, we did discover people with mild to moderate depression. We were able to refer them… so they can have the necessary help.”

The most recent suicide in Soufriere occurred in November 2019.

Referring to the screening in Vieux-Fort, Edward said, “The turnout was fair in Vieux-Fort. They were very receptive to the screening, but unlike in Soufriere, we did not get anyone with immediate needs.”

The most recent suicide in Vieux-Fort was recorded last month.

Edward said generally, the screening was done to the general public and not targeted to people with mental health issues, who feel they are suffering with anxiety, depression or have changes in their mood.

According to her, depending on the result of the screening, they refer persons to the appropriate wellness centre, where they will speak to members of the health team.

“With the screening, we could determine whether persons have mild, moderate or severe symptoms,” Edward said.

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