Mental health caregivers and patients form association

POSTED: 09/19/13 11:52 AM
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The MHCPA board, from left: Secretary Myriam Haar, President Claire Elshot and Treasurer Minerva Pinto. Photo contributed.

St. Maarten – With the signing of the statutes of association at the office of the Notary Boekhoudt the Mental Health Caregivers and Patient Association M.H.C.P-A. The association whose objectives are to protect and defend the rights of mental health patients on Sint Maarten, now has the legal means to roll up its sleeves and start to work.

The association will raise the awareness and educate the various groups in the community on the responsibilities that are to be shared.

It will also strive for the health and well-being of persons suffering from mental illness, to help overcome the stigma that is associated with mental illness and act as a platform between various groups within the community.

The association’s other objective is advising government solicited or unsolicited with regards to legislation pertaining to mental health.

The association signed its statutes on September 12. Its president is Veronique Claire Elshot-Aventurin, its secretary Myriam J. Haar-Wilkin and its treasurer Minerva C. Pinto-Brooks.

The association has about 40 members and is expecting to grow with new clients or prospective members very soon.

A general membership meeting will be called for this Saturday, September 21, 2013 in Madame Estate, next to the WITU”s Office.

Time: 9:30 a.m.-12:00 noon. The association is requesting the members and prospective members to make a special effort to attend.

Family members of mental health patient can sign up to become members at the Mental Health Clinic in Cay Hill.

For additional information call President  Claire Elshot (581 83 43) or Secretary  Myriam Haar (553 11 92).

 

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