It is important to us at COPE to send a message to the Nation about prioritizing Mental Health! It is actually just as important as your physical health. Many times individuals believe that Mental Health only includes psychosis or sever Mental Illness, which are serious yes. However, more common issues like anxiety and depression are also Mental Illnesses and occur more than recognized. Many people are actually living with such issues and do not even know it, as we spend so much time focused on completing daily tasks with little attention paid to how we're managing stress and emotional impact. COPE will use all media platforms to campaign for all issues related to Mental Health.
Stigma is defined as a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance. In this case it is the negative connotations that come with discussing Mental Health and Addictions. Stigma can be displayed in many forms; for instance, name calling, thinking that Mental Health issues are solely related to obeah or spirituality, or not believing in therapy or professional treatment. This is the reason we have a mandate to educate Trinidad and Tobago about Mental Health and its importance as a part of our fight to "end stigma"!
One of the ways in which we help to end stigma is through spreading awareness about the importance of making Mental Health a priority. Through our social media platforms we are constantly writing blogs to share content, and posting pictures and videos about different topics that will help the public understand and engage in positive Mental Health discussions.
We are hoping to have many campaigns in the near future that can assist us with spreading awareness. If you are interested in assisting with a campaign please check out the "Join the Fight" section of the website to see how you can help.
People who need treatment should be able to access the required Services easily. Mental Health is real and the Services should be too!
Each community in Trinidad and Tobago should be able to access Mental Health services. Treatment needs to be close to home.
Currently there is no designated facility for impatient care for children and youth who are living with Mental Health issues or illnesses. COPE would like to be the change we want to see in this area. Help us create this much needed institution by clicking on our donation page.
As long as Mental Health related stigma exists then we at COPE have a job to do. It is our vision to see a nation that is completely free of stigma.
Here at COPE we understand that we cannot do the job alone. We need help from the private sector, from the public sector, from the stakeholders, and from you. Partnerships and collaboration is the only way to effectively impact change.