We need to normalise conversations around BAME communities seeking mental health support. It is important that we take care of our mental health and that we are empathetic to those who are struggling with their mental health.
Through the Dominica Dementia Foundation, we have created safe spaces to talk about Dementia as we host virtual support groups for Dominica families nationally and abroad.
I do not want to only tell my story. I want to help other people share their stories, people from the Caribbean and the world by extension. I am creating a platform where people can feel comfortable telling their story. These stories will be a call to action.
My desire is to create intentional media content that will lead to social change; documentaries that are unbiased and unscripted.
I frequently see articles where stigmatised language is used to describe research insights. This is a concern because we need information that is in its truest form. Using negative language only contributes to emphasising the stigma around mental health.
We need to present the right information to control the spread of misinformation around neurodegenerative disorders, particularly incurable ones such as dementia.
BAME communities might be reluctant to take on clinical trials for dementia research as this group has been poorly represented up to this point. It is important that we are engaging with research as it helps scientists improve variants of drugs to work towards finding a cure for dementia.