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No Health without Mental Health

For Release Upon Receipt - September 3, 2018

St. Augustine

UWI School of Nursing to host international Mental Health Symposium

The UWI St. Augustine School of Nursing (UWISON) in collaboration with London South Bank University, PAHO and WHO plan to bring much needed focus and capacity building efforts on key issues around metal health in a two-day International Mental Health Symposium. This is scheduled for 26 and 27 September 2018 and will be held at the Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre. The Symposium is part of the School of Nursing’s social responsibility agenda intended to have positive outcomes within the workplace using a multi-sectoral approach. These offerings would be implemented over a three-year period with thematic areas each year, with the focus this year being “No Health without Mental Health”, which is also the theme of the symposium.

Two leading international mental health policymakers are carded to speak. On day one the key note speaker is Professor Ben Thomas, Patient Safety Expert Adviser, Mental Health, NHS (London) and on day two the key note will be delivered by Dr. Claudina Cayetano, Regional Adviser on Mental Health, PAHO (Washington). It is expected that this conference will result in increased knowledge and skills, of competence among health and other professionals in responding appropriately to mental health challenges affecting individuals, families and communities. Participants will be exposed to a range of resilience-building skills development opportunities to enhance clinical practice.

The Symposium aims to provide solutions – keeping a commitment to collaborative efforts in addressing mental health challenges through solution focused and multi-disciplinary, multi-sectorial, support and partnerships; furnish participants with evidence based best practices and policies to respond appropriately to mental health challenges among clients; and support the development of a workplace culture that enables all members of staff to flourish. Overall, the Symposium will promote the destigmatisation of individuals who experience mental illness; and support the development of competence in responding to personal, as well as, societal mental health challenges.

Registration is ongoing online at and registration fees are:

  • Day 1 Only: TT$400.00 or US$60.00
  • Day 2 Only: TT$400.00 or US$60.00
  • Both Days: TT$750.00 or US$111.00

For further information, please call UWISON at 225-1026 ext. 3004 or email



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Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, The UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology, Social Sciences and Sport. The UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. Website:


(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)