Maureen Joanne Bowen is a practicing Psychologist for the past 35 years and a Senior Lecturer at UWI Roytec for the past 28 years.
She comments that despite the high number of counselors in the country, mental health issues are still a taboo subject that is often swept under the carpet. She has managed Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP) for a range of organizations and observed that while the attitude is becoming more positive, there is a significant amount of work to ensure that the average worker can access mental wellness support when they need it.
In commenting on what can individuals do to maintain their mental wellness, she notes the importance of authentic engagement on an ongoing basis. She also remarked that just the act of helping another person will add to one’s personal mental wellness.