#MHAW16 (World Mental Health Week Kingston) celebration was a success!

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Hi lightbeams!

Checking in to give you this quick two-for-one deal —a virtual walk through of how #MHAW16 was celebrated here in Kingston (plus the things I had to do with it) and to find out some specifics about your interests (regarding this blog) from you. I have good news and un-fantastic (but soon to change) news…

The Happenings

Good news: World Mental Health Week was observed here in Kingston, and I’d say it was the first one that has been so successful and widely observed (at least that I know of). As an active member/publicist of both Jamaica Mental Health Advocacy Network (JaMHAN) and #FaceDepressionJA, I’m so proud to have been a part of that! Plus! I also staged my first (tiny) event as the week came to a close and it went really well, so look out for more details.  ‘Un-fantastic’ news: On the flip side, it took SO MUCH of my emotional reserves to get that done and to be the face and voice of the mentally ill that I became pretty overwhelmed and drained at the end. I’ve had to take a little hiatus from social media (and my apartment), and I’m still kind of on a ‘mental break’ too, but don’t worry, I’ll be back in full swing soon.

That said, please take a look at what transpired over the course of the week, complete my poll below and if you have any questions, please feel free to shoot me a quick message here. To find out more about my own initiatives, read my newsletters  and/or be part of my upcoming events, please click here to join my mailing list.

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What JaMHAN did for the week.

Day 1 Monday Oct 10 World Mental Health Day- JaMHAN’s Embassy of the United States (in Jamaica)-sponsored media launch

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SUCH an amazing speaker and compelling spoken word artist. Interestingly, he has Bipolar 1 disorder like I do.

 

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Guess who was sitting at the welcome and registration table at the event? No prizes for the answer.

Day 3 – Wednesday October 12

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This is me in studio waiting to go on air at Nationwide 90 FM, where I shared my mental health story with Miss Kitty on her radio show, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM.

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Media personality Khadine ‘Miss Kitty’ Hylton (second left) sharing post-show smiles with us guests (from left): Fellow advocate and project coordinator at #FaceDepressionJA, Chalanie Stiebel, meeee (I appeared as a blogger/advocate) and entrepreneur/wife Mary Wilson who struggles with Bipolar Disorder.

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This went SO well!!!

Day 3 – Thursday October 13

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Fellow #FaceDepression member/advocate Jessica Thompson (left, remember her?) and I represented the team on TVJ’s Smile Jamaica morning time TV show segment 10 minutes to your health. We were interviewed by beloved host, Neville Bell.

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My friend Ronique snapped me on TV and showed it to me. Hey girl!

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This went great too! I couldn’t have made it there, but you can see the pictures for yourself here.

Day 4 – Friday October 14

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I held my first event as an advocate/blogger – a private support group and it was really well received. Thanks again to everyone who helped out and showed up. Love you guys!

*drumroll*  Now for the poll!

         

Remember to shoot me a quick message here if you have any questions/recommendations and click here to join my mailing list for updates on future events/initiatives of mine. Thanks as always for your support and I’ll be back on Monday with a lovely guest post from USA-based fellow mental health writer at The Mighty, Simone Flynn of The Perpetual Pink Cloud. Until then, connect soon!

Love, light & blessings,

Tami (@tamitsansai)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 thoughts on “#MHAW16 (World Mental Health Week Kingston) celebration was a success!

    • Tami Tsansai says:

      Hello Holly, I do… Thanks for asking! You can look at my ‘submit a guest post’ tab with all the details and then connect with me after. Be sure to send me a link to your blog/page as well so I can check it out.

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