Dr Joanne Spence

One in four people will experience mental health problems at some point in their lives. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that depression and anxiety have significant economic impact resulting in millions of dollars lost in productivity. Have you ever wondered about your mental health and overall emotional well-being? It’s normal to be concerned about your own well-being, however what’s not normal is having a problem or knowing someone close to you is having a problem and refusing to do something about it.

Author, lecturer, motivational coach and behaviour change therapist, Dr Joanne Spence says the stigma attached to mental health is making society sicker. The stigma she says is perhaps the greatest barrier to care. Spence has over two decades of experience in behavioural management and counselling.

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The North/East Pan Spektakula, originally scheduled for tomorrow has been shifted to Labour Day, June 19 at the same time and place, 7 p.m. at the Arima Velodrome from 7 p.m.

The world will tomorrow mark International Albinism Awareness Day—a special day reserved for increasing awareness about albinism and ending discrimination. This year’s theme, “Still Standing Strong”, acknowledges that the albinism community continues to remain united despite the challen­ges they encounter—and those challenges are many.

The first ever celebration of the United Nations World Food Safety Day, marked globally on June 7, aimed to strengthen efforts to ensure that the food we eat is safe.

Sheldon Blackman has carved out his slice of paradise in the reclusive hills of Oslo, Norway. Blackman, son of the late soca inventor Ras Shorty I (Garfield Blackman), owns, lives and farms half an acre of the sloping mountain side in the Norwegian Svart Skog—Black Forrest.