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Help Mental Health Care St. Maarten Recover and Rebuild
Almost six months after the devastating hurricane Irma, the people of St. Maarten are trying to pick up their lives again. However, reconstruction will take a long time. Many people have lost their jobs because tourism which is for a great part paralyzed . Many families are not having a home of their own yet. Particularly in the poorer part of the population, concern and despair. There is often no perspective for them.
What organizations do we want to help: Mental Health Foundation and Turning Point
Foundation The Quill wants to help the mental health organizations on St. Maarten to accommodate the population of St. Maarten. These are the Mental Health Foundation and Turning Point Foundation for rehabilitation (addiction care). These organizations fall outside the emergency aid of the Red Cross. Nor do they receive direct support from the Dutch government, such as Saba and St. Eustatius. St. Maarten is a separate country within the
Kingdom and Saba and St. Eustatius are public bodies and are governed by the Dutch government. Still, St. Maarten is extremely important for Saba and St. Eustatius. Clients from these islands are regularly sent to St. Maarten for acute care and long-term clinical treatment.
The chairman of The Quill Foundation, Mr. Kenneth Cuvalay, has been working in mental health care at St. Eustatius and Saba since 2010 and has worked closely with the institutions involved for many years. In this publication you will find an overview of the most important developments (PDF document, in Dutch): Foundation The Quill activiteiten 2004 - 2017 (versie20170925).pdf
Kenneth: "I speak to the clinical directors of both institutions, Dr. Judith Arndell, Clinical Psychologist Turning Point, and Dr. Sachin Gandotra, Psychiatrist Mental Health Foundation regularly. Over the years I have worked intensively with both Judith and Sachin and his wife Jatinder Kour who is also a psychiatrist, to build psychiatry and addiction care on St. Eustatius and Saba. The effects of hurricane Irma are affecting the core of their services, just as people need it so much. Services to clients has been completely stopped or, at its very best, severely hampered by the destruction of the building or transport facilities of the healthcare institutions. Much of the staff time is even going on fundraising for food for clients who lost thier homes.
The regular subsidization of these institutions is usually very limited, let alone now there is a budget for repairs or for extra care and trauma programs. The people in the Caribbean are strong and resilient, but they need resources for reconstruction. I hope to provide these with this fundraising."
What are we campaigning for?
- Setting up a trauma counseling program for children, adolescents and adults
- Reconstruction of the damaged buildings, building materials, tools etc.
- Money for medicines like haloperidol (haldol), phenergan, risperdal, antidepressants and benzodiazepines
- Assistance to uninsured, needy residents and those require necessary treatments
The institutions desperately need your support now, help us and donate!
"After Huricane Irma - Request for Assistance (photo's MHC)
Mental Health Foundation letter
Turning Point photo's of destroyed building (photo's Turning Point)