Youth panel discussion on mental health set for World Mental Health Day

New York, October 4, 2021: In terms of mental health, adolescents in the English-speaking Caribbean may be particularly vulnerable given reported prevalence of 50% being depressed, with 15% to 18% experiencing suicidal ideation. Thus, in observance of World Mental Health Day, October 10, The Caribbean Voice is organizing a panel discussion on youth mental health with panelists drawn from among young people across the Caribbean. The Panel comprises:

· Miranda Campbell and Deon Grannum – activists & advocates, Women Against Rape , Antigua & Barbuda
· Jade Crawford – college student, Eve For Life , Jamaica
· Taahir Bulbulia – activist & advocate, Barbados
· Ashlee Andriana Bascomb – psychologist, Barbados
· Megan Johnson – mental health professional, Bahamas Psychological Association

Hosts are Devashani Sharma (activist, advocate and student, Guyana) and Samidha Maharaj (psychologist, Trinidad & Tobago). Guiding the discussion will be mental health experts, Dr. Dave Sharma of Guyana and Dr. Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor of Trinidad & Tobago, both of whom are highly acclaimed and globally recognized psychologists.

The Caribbean Voice is calling ALL youths to join this discussion. Be advocates for mental health awareness in your country. The rates of mental illness are increasing significantly among youths 15-28 years, globally. Share your thoughts with us! The discussion takes place from 6 to 8pm, New York City time and will be live on Facebook at Call 646-461-0574 (mobile and What’s App), email or post comments and questions on the FB page. Comments will be mentioned and questions answered during the panel discussion.

This panel discussion is the latest in an ongoing series by The Caribbean Voice, launched last year. Others in the series include:

· Sexual Abuse: What Exists, What Works, What is Needed:
· Addressing Mental Health Myths and Stigmas:
· Child Abuse – What Needs to be Done:
· Preventing Suicide:

Discussions not only focus on the issues but also brainstorm or strategies for redress.

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