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Reason to smile

Torika Tokalau
Friday, December 21, 2012

PATIENTS at St Giles Psychiatric Hospital had a reason to smile yesterday when they were hosted to a morning tea by the Psychiatric Survivors Association (PSA).

PSA, a non-government organisation established in 2004 and comprises former patients of the hospital.

"We see new things every day; these patients at St Giles go through the same routine every single day. We wanted to bring at least something different, put smiles on their faces and let them know that the community still remembers them," PSA administrative officer Jese Mamanavesi said.

"This morning tea wouldn't have been possible without companies that have stepped in to help and donate something. We are grateful for their assistance and look forward to many more events like this in the future."

Mr Mamanavesi said visits from mental illness survivors and the public was refreshing for patients and encouraged groups and the public not to forget those admitted at St Giles.

PSA's role is to assist outpatients from St Giles get their life back to normal in terms of accessing funding and creating links with other mental health stakeholders in the country.

It has 150 members, most of who have been diagnosed and treated by St Giles Psychiatric Hospital in Suva.


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