News Release

Our Brother's Keeper

As the costs of mental health care continue to soar across the globe, and certainly within Barbados, the fear is that the mentally challenged will be forgotten. Sadly, the toll of mental health brings with it stigma, fear and lack of understanding of individuals suffering from the disease. The contributions of family members and organizations be it monetary, services or in-kind can go a long way in relieving the suffering that engulfs every facet of a patient’s life. 


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints understands the need to participate in supporting the poor and the needy, including those with mental health challenges. To this end, the Christ Church Barbados District of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in collaboration with the National United Society of the Blind, recently presented fifteen commodes to Mr. Felix Gittens, Acting Principal Nursing Officer of the Barbados Psychiatric Hospital. This donation, which is part of a larger consignment, will help to defray the costs of much needed supplies.

Recently appointed Principal Nursing Officer (PNO), Sandra Barrow, in responding to the donations said, “These donations are timely and much appreciated by the hospital director and staff.” She went on to say that as family members and others in the community take more responsibility the cost of care will diminish significantly.

Acting in behalf of the Church, Elder Christopher Tice reassured, "We are always looking for opportunities to serve so when this came to our attention the church thought it was a great opportunity to help those that were disabled.”

President of the National United Society of the Blind, Rudyard Welch, in explaining the work that the Society and the LDS Church have been doing emphasized that the Church prefers to source supplies from local companies. He further clarified that all of the commodes were sourced from Carib Rehab here in Barbados. “This,” [meaning the LDS Church and the Society], Welch said, “is a relationship that was formed four years ago and we will continue to offer donations to institutions as the need arises.” 

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