Monday, January 12 marked the fifth anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti. The tragic event killed more than 300,000 people. On Sunday, January 11, Boston’s Haitian community came together at Haitian Resilience Day, organized by Youth & Family Enrichment Services and held at Hyde Park Educational Complex, to remember those they lost. They also celebrated Haiti’s ability to move forward, even in the wake of such a terrible tragedy.
I had the opportunity to attend the event with Gemima St. Louis, psychologist and faculty member at our client, the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, which is becoming William James College on May 7. Belfort Group coordinated opportunities for Gemima, a native of Haiti, to speak with The Boston Globe and Fox 25about the importance of ending the stigmas that Haitians associate with mental healthcare. Since the earthquake, seeking help for mental health wounds has become more socially acceptable, because so many people were affected directly or indirectly by this disaster.