Volunteers from St. George’s University student group Public Health Students Association (PHSA) have embarked upon a project at the Mount Gay Mental Hospital aimed at brightening not only the physical facility but the patients as well. On September 28, while some volunteers painted the male dormitory and restroom, others delighted patients with music, conversation, singing and dancing, coloring, cookie decorating, and other fun activities. Also, they donated packages containing various toiletries to each patient.
“Mental health is often overlooked, which is why we felt the need to reach out and support the staff and especially the patients at Mt. Gay Hospital,” said PHSA Vice President Laurie Moise. “Giving back to the community that has opened so many educational doors for us as students is just a small token of our appreciation.” PHSA decided to tackle this project after a visit to the institution as part of a field trip last semester. “Since we saw the situation there, we knew we wanted to do something for them,” commented PHSA President Rachael Latchana, who hopes to make the project ongoing and sustainable.
Recently, PHSA also staged a cleanup along the road at Calliste, removing several bags of plastic bottles, cans, paper, and other waste littering the area. PHSA hopes to continue and build upon this project, installing trash cans and anti-litter signs. In the upcoming weeks, the group plans to raise funds to benefit other local charities.