MALAMPA Provincial Health Manager, Kenneth introducing the MHPSS training to the participants


The Ministry of Health (MOH) will join the world to celebrate the World Mental Day today (October 10) with the theme: “Mental Health is universal human right”, to highlight the importance of nurturing mental health every day.

The day is dedicated to raising awareness and promoting mental well-being. In the spirit of global observance, the MOH extends its appreciation to its Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Team, including Norika Toumak Watt, who empowered communities in Norsup, Malekula Island, in collaboration with Australian volunteer and Mental Health Specialist, Dr. Angela James.

Together with the MALAMPA Provincial Health Manager, Salome Kenneth, they conducted comprehensive training to equip 23 service providers with the knowledge and practical tools needed to bolster community resilience in the face of disaster response and psychosocial challenges.

After successfully completing a three-day training, they are now ready to provide Psychological First Aid and Psychosocial Support to their communities, offering critical assistance to those in need.

Mrs. Kenneth played an essential role in advocating for mental health activities to be delivered in Malampa Province. She secured funding support from the Vanuatu-Australia Health Partnership to rollout this initiative. Her dedication to improving the well-being of the people of Malampa province is commendable.

Acting Mental Health Coordinator of MOH, Mrs. Watt, emphasised the importance of discussing mental health and ensuring that more people are trained in Mental Health and Psychosocial Support. This, she believes, will contribute to the betterment of local communities and the nation as a whole. She extended her thanks to Mrs. Kenneth for her leadership, as well as to all partners and participants involved in this activity.

“As we commemorate World Mental Health Day, let us remember that mental health is as significant as physical health. It is perfectly okay not to be okay sometimes, and seeking help is a testament to one’s strength. Together, we can break the stigma surrounding mental health and create a world where mental well-being is a priority for everyone,” the MOH said in a statement.