Mental health support and resources available across the Cayman Islands

The Alex Panton Foundation reminds the local community that there are resources and support networks available for children, teens and young adults struggling with mental health issues.

Following the recent death of a teenager in Cayman, the foundation says it wants to highlight that help is at hand on the island, through a variety of in-person, online and telephone resources.

The National Drug Council’s 2020 Cayman Islands Student Drug Use Survey indicated that one in six local students had seriously considered suicide, and a 2021 World Health Organization report showed that suicide is the fourth leading cause of death among 15-19 year olds across the globe, the foundation noted.

In a statement released on Friday, consultant clinical psychologist Dr. Erica Lam, board member of the Alex Panton Foundation, said: “It is imperative that young people and their families know where to turn for support. and advice, especially during such a difficult time. time. The initiatives of the Alex Panton Foundation have been developed on the basis of local evidence through the collaborative efforts of policy makers, practitioners and organizations, determined to create lasting change.

The foundation shares the following list of support groups it will be hosting in the coming weeks, as well as organizations and services available more widely, for those affected by mental health issues. He advises anyone who is currently in trouble and needs immediate assistance to call emergency services at 911.

Support groups

Bereavement support group
Host: April Lewis
Age: 18+
When: Every Thursday, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Active dates: February 24-March 31
Where: Counseling Centre, Unit 4, 68 Mary Street, George Town
E-mail: [email protected]

Teen Talk Virtual Support Group
Facilitator: Dr. Shari Smith
Ages: 13-17 years old
When: Every other Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Current dates: March 5, March 19, April 2, April 16 and April 30
Where: via Zoom (link provided during registration)
Website: https://alexpantonfoundation.ky/teen-talk/
E-mail: [email protected]

Breaking Barriers Support Group
Host: Shane Purcell
Age: 18-30
When: Every Saturday, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Plot 110, 3rd Floor, Royal Plaza, 40 Cardinall Avenue, George Town
Website: https://alexpantonfoundation.ky/support/
E-mail: [email protected]

Community Resources

Cayman Islands Crisis Center
Helpline for children: 649-KIDS (5437)

Consulting Services Department
Tel: 949-8789
Website: https://www.dcs.gov.ky/our-services
E-mail: [email protected]

Family Resource Center
Tel: 949-0006
Website: http://www.frc.gov.ky/
E-mail: [email protected]

HSA Mental Health Services
Tel: 949-5600
Website: https://hsa.ky/services-specialties/outpatient/

Private service providers

Reach Cayman
Tel: Teena 327-9999 | Trisha 321-4100
The Web: https://achievecayman.com/contact us

Aspire Therapy Services
Tel: 743-6700
Website: https://aspire.ky/
E-mail: [email protected]

Bethesda advice center
Tel: 946-6575 / 923-6488
Website: http://caymanetherapy.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=65&Itemid=74
E-mail: [email protected]

BHAC (Behavioral Health Associates Cayman)
Tel: 746-0066
Website: https://bhac.ky/
E-mail: [email protected]

Cathy Alberga
Tel: 945-6570
Website: https://www.caymanhealth.com/listing/alberga-catherine/

Hope Academy Clinical Services
Tel: 769-4673
Website: https://www.hopecayman.com/clinical-services.html
E-mail: [email protected]

Infinite Mind Healing
Tel: 926-0882
Website: https://www.infinitemindcare.com/adolescents
E-mail: [email protected]

Kidsability Ltd.
Tel: 943 5437
Website: https://kidsability.ky/clinical-psychology-services/
E-mail: [email protected]

Life Options Consulting Services
Tel: 940-LIFE (5433)
Website: https://www.lifeoptions.ky/
E-mail: [email protected]

OnCourse Cayman
Tel: 745-6463
Website: https://oncoursecayman.com/services/
E-mail: [email protected]

The wellness center
Tel: 949-9355
Website: https://wellnesscentre.ky/our-services/
E-mail: [email protected]

International resources with online support

Friends all over the world
Website: https://www.befrienders.org/

Grassroots Suicide Prevention
Website: https://prevent-suicide.org.uk/find-help-now/

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