More efforts will be made to improve the mental health of Barbadians, says Minister of Health and Wellness Jeffrey Bostic.

“One of the things that was recognised globally during the COVID-19 pandemic is the fact that a mental wellness programme is one of the major weapons used to fight the pandemic,” he said.

“But at the same time, it has been one of the most neglected weapons, including [here]. Yes, we have had some episodes of wellness within the COVID fight but we are nowhere near where we are supposed to be and we have to change that.”

He made that promise on Saturday during the Caribbean Wellness Day activities at Sheraton Mall’s main entrance, where he acknowledged that mental health had been placed on the back burner.

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