Tobago Men Welcome Blue Room

The ribbon has been cut! Officials cut the ribbon to launch the Blue Room.The ribbon has been cut! Officials cut the ribbon to launch the Blue Room.
The Blue Room – Men’s Health Services was launch today, Tuesday 19th November, 2019 by the Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development, at the Tobago Rehabilitation and Empowerment Centre (TREC) Compound, Fort Street, Scarborough (Old Scarborough Hospital).

The Blue Room, as described by Councillor Dr. Agatha Carrington, Secretary of Health, Wellness and Family Development, ‘fills a gap in service delivery as it provides a safe space for men.’ The three-fold event, that is, the launch, the Celebration of International Men’s Day and the Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) took place with men as the main focus for the day’s events. The theme for today’s International Men’s Day was “Making a Difference for Men and Boys” and it is observed annually on the 19th November.

The Blue Room is the first of its kind on the island of Tobago with the aim of paying closer attention to men and men’s health particularly physical, psychological, and social. The operating hours of the newly launched Blue Room is Monday to Saturday from 7.00 AM to 7.00 PM. The services of the Blue Room include:

-          - Media Room and BMEN activities for men

-          - Exercise and Fitness

-          - Counselling re: Unemployment issues

-          - Therapeutic Counseling

-          - Wellness Services including Diet and Nutrition Counseling

-          - Health Promotion & Disease Prevention

The MOU was signed by representatives of the Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development, the BMEN Organisation, the National Union for Government and Federative Workers (NUGFW), and the Tobago Regional Health Authority (TRHA). The aim of this MOU amongst these stakeholders was to commit to work together and provide support for the benefit of the men and boys in Tobago.

The Honourable Kelvin Charles, Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA); Councillor Dr. Agatha Carrington; Assemblyman Shomari Hector; Assemblyman Marisha Osmond; Mrs. Dianne Baker-Henry, Administrator in the Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development, and other representatives from stakeholder organisations, and men from various communities throughout Tobago were present for the celebrations.

 

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