New Building in Belmopan for better mental health Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:00

Persons who relapse or become stricken by the sudden onslaught of a mental disorder can now find respite at a newly built specialized facility in Belmopan, built just for that purpose. Belize Ministry of Health Officials, the U.S. Embassy’s Charge’d’ Affairs, Belize Defense Force personnel as well as the U.S Military cut a ribbon for the acute mental health unit at the Western Regional Hospital in Belmopan last Friday.

The new mental health facility building was built at a cost of about a million dollars, during a 63 day period. The new unit that will function under the Ministry of Health’s Mental Health Program is product of collaboration by Belize Defense Force engineers with the U.S Military New Horizon 2014 members. 

At the short stay facility, patients will be provided with a round the clock psychiatric care in secured rooms where psychiatric nurse practioners and psychiatrists will be able to conduct their work. By their very nature, users of psychiatry need an appropriate time for complete recovery; to give time for modern psychiatric medications to take effect and for psychotherapeutic methods to be applied.