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Mental Health Association hosts speech competition

By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter

Students from four high schools put their public speaking skills to the test on Friday at the 10th Annual Speech Competition, hosted by the Mental Health Association of Belize.

The contestants gathered at the St. John’s College Chapel, where they were required to give a speech between four and eight minutes long, focusing on the 2017 theme for World Mental Health Day “Mental Health in the Workplace.”

Candidates were scored out of 100 points for various aspects of their speech, including presentation and tone.

“The Speech contest for high school students is an activity that serves to disseminate information on mental health issues in a format appropriate for this age group,” the MHA said.

Kenyah Hyde of St. Catherine Academy placed first, while Alexis Guy of Edward P. Yorke placed second.

The competition is one of three activities held by the MHA in commemoration of World Mental Health Day, celebrated on Tuesday, October 10. The MHA also launched a t-shirt campaign to raise funds and awareness, about mental health and its surrounding issues, as well as its ceremonial releasing of balloons in support of persons battling mental health issues.

The MHA does not treat people with mental health issues, rather the organization focuses on raising awareness, and does advocacy in the realm of mental health.

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