St Lucia Mental Wellness Center Castries, St. Lucia
St Lucia Mental Wellness Center is a specialist mental hospital in St Lucia. The hospital is the only one of its kind on St Lucia and it is completely government funded. The hospital opened in 2009 as a replacement for the Golden Hope Mental Hospital. The hospital was partly funded by the Chinese government and has positioned St Lucia well in terms of psychiatric care in the Caribbean. The new facility uses a best practice standard that includes reducing the dependence on institutionalized custodial care and replacing it with rehabilitative and residential facilities.
The staff, patients and equipment from Golden Hope were transferred to the hospital when it was handed to the St Lucian government from the governments of China and Taiwan. The hospital was seen as a reference to increased ties between the island and the east Asian countries. The hospital is also affiliated with the Atlantic University School of Medicine, which is co-located with the centre.