Mental health services in Bermuda today

Mansoor Malik, Chantelle Simmons

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Abstract

Bermuda is one of the wealthiest countries in the world due to its financial and insurance sector. Bermuda's per capita income is the highest in the world and far exceeds that of USA and European Union. However due to its unique geography and history, it is also one of the smallest and most isolated nations in the world. It has a diverse but close-knit population with its own set of sociopolitical and economic challenges. This article explores the mental health system in Bermuda, examining the current structure and delivery of mental health services and existing resources at Bermuda's two hospitals: the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute and the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital. Various unique challenges faced by the mental health system in Bermuda are discussed, such as lack of affordable housing, the high cost of healthcare insurance and difficulties encountered in maintaining patient confidentiality. Bermuda's mental healthcare system is compared with that of USA and future directions for growth of mental health in Bermuda are considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-223
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Culture and Mental Health
Volume5
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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