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Port St. Maarten and Tourist Bureau attend CLIA Exec Summit

PORT ST. MAARTEN - Two members from Port St. Maarten and the director of the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau, recently returned after attending Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Executive Summit that took place in Miami, Florida from...

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“Although the level of stigma of mental health on St. Maarten has somewhat decreased, and people are opening up about it, it is still something that is very much stigmatized on the island and around the world. People don’t know what mental illness is, and in some cases, don’t even believe it exists”. says Julie Alcin, author of Letters of May, who has recently joined the Mental Health Foundation as Information & Prevention Assistant to help raise the much needed awareness of mental health in St. Maarten.

“I’ve always had a passion for raising awareness for mental health,” she says, “especially because it is a subject that has been seen as taboo, when it shouldn’t.” A few years ago Julie started a blog by the name of “Escaping the Vault” where she wrote articles about mental health and its importance. She has also dedicated her time to projects such as Letters of May, where she collaborated with the Mental Health Foundation to create an art workshop. The works created in the workshop were later compiled in a book that goes by the same name, Letters of May. Every art piece and written material focused on what it is like to live with mental illness and raising awareness for this cause.

“Mental health is important.” Julie continues, “It is as important as physical health, and without it a person is unable to function normally in everyday life. However, with the stigma that comes with it, it is difficult for people who fight an endless war with their minds to reach out and find the help they need. They are often told to “keep quiet” or “get over it” instead of being guided. It is time to change and accept that mental illness is something that’s real, but it’s not what we think it is. It’s not pitching rocks or talking to oneself – it can be, but there is a bigger picture that isn’t being looked at. Anyone can struggle with their mental health – anyone – and it all comes in different ways.”

This year, the Mental Health Foundation has taken Julie on board as Information & Prevention Assistant so that information can be given to the community in hopes that society will have a better understanding of the issues concerning mental health and help put an end to the stigma.

The Mental Health Foundation is very much in need of psychiatric and psychological professionals in order to provide the appropriate mental health care St. Maarten currently needs.

If you know anyone who might be interested, they can contact the Mental Health Foundation, or visit for more information on these vacancies.

In the meantime, enjoy the newsletter and have a great day.

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Main Voting Bureau announces Postulation Day

Philipsburg - The Chairman of the Central Voting Bureau for the election of the members of the Parliament of Sint Maarten hereby - in accordance with article 22, paragraph 4 of the Electoral Ordinance - publicly announces the following: Political ...

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Ministry of Justice participated in Cybercrime Forum

On the initiative of Minister of Justice, Raphael A. Boasman, officials of the Ministry of Justice of St. Maarten joined the more than 150 representatives of governments and criminal justice authorities of the 34 countries and territories of the...

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Suriname Government: "InselAir must pay debt first..."

PARAMARIBO, WILLEMSTAD - The topic of resumption of InselAir's flights between Curaçao and Paramaribo is being heavily discussed in Suriname. According to InselAir, they will resume their operations to the South American country on December 18....

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GEBE: Water supply back fully; Aim for 100% electricity

PHILIPSBURG - NV GEBE on Thursday said at least an estimated 90 percent of the community has been reconnected to electricity with the aim to have everyone connected latest December 23. Additionally, the company announced that all areas (100%) are ...

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Police traffic controls; Illegally tint removed with warning

Philipsburg - Police continue, on a daily basis, to conduct traffic controls at different locations on the island. On Wednesday December 13th during these controls a total of 80 vehicles were stopped for control. Of these controls a total of 71...

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SXM BJJ Winter Graduation and demonstration

COLE BAY- During the second week of December, SXM BJJ held a demonstration and graduation for their youth martial arts programs. Young Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) and Muay Thai (kickboxing) students demonstrated techniques in front of family and...

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GEBE's main office re-opens on Monday at Management Building

PHILIPSBURG - Management of NV GEBE on Thursday announced that the company's main office in Philipsburg will re-open on Monday, December 18. With the building commonly known as the "main office" out of commission due to severe damage from...

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The 38th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Early Momentum

SIMPSON BAY - In the countdown to the 38th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, anticipation is building with a number of world-class maxi, multihull and monohull teams having signed up early to race. Scheduled for March 1-4, 2018 and staged out of the St.

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Carnival booth holder meeting next Tuesday

PHILIPSBURG - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) on Thursday announced that it is moving to the next phase of preparations for Carnival 2018 with a scheduled booth holder meeting next week. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, ...

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MPs back calls for an end to health insurance policy cloning

Dutch MPs want the government to take action to stop health insurance companies offering identical policies for different prices. A motion drawn up by the ruling Christian Democrats and calling for action to reduce the number of cloned policies...

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Safety Tips for Decorating your Home and Christmas tree

GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) - Holiday shoppers are busy buying Christmas trees and lights to adorn their home this holiday season. As the day gets closer, families are bustling around to have everything in place for Christmas Eve. Parents and family...

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Primary schools closed nationwide as teachers strike

Primary schools across the Netherlands are closed on Tuesday as tens of thousands of teachers go on strike for more pay and improved working conditions. It is the second nationwide one-day strike by teachers in 2.5 months. Unlike during October's ...

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