Dr Kirk Christie
As a boy growing up in the family islands of The Bahamas, that is Andros, Abaco, Eleuthera and Cat Island, I was always of a curious mindset. As I got older, my sense of curiosity stayed with me. I decided on a career in medicine because I looked up to the medical doctors that helped people in the various settlements of the islands that I lived on.
It’s been said, that one’s health is ones wealth. I believe that a society that is productive and rich in spirit, is one that embraces mental health as part of its overall health. I’m passionate about Psychiatry because I believe that the work we do builds healthy societies and strong communities.
People who suffer with mental disorders and emotional difficulties that prevent them from functioning at their best, often don’t have access to the help they need and usually suffer in silence or face discrimination whenever they seek help.
My work helps them to heal and positively contribute to their communities. It is an exciting time for psychiatrists, as the neuroscientists unlock more and more information about the neurobiology of the brain. Psychiatrists are not only learning more about how it works, but also how we can more effectively treat people in need of our help.
I want to help people to gradually remove the stigma and discrimination, that can be associated with receiving assistance for mental disorders and increase the access to mental healthcare services.
I see a future where all people who have mental disorders and emotional difficulties can feel empowered to seek and receive the highest quality of mental healthcare that is available to them. Lastly, that we all better understand the importance of mental health to our overall heath and development, as a nation.