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


By The Caribbean Voice

New York, USA – In terms of mental health, adolescents in the English-speaking Caribbean may be particularly vulnerable given the reported prevalence of 50 percent being depressed, with 15 percent to 18 percent experiencing suicidal ideation. T

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 and advocates, Women Against Rape, Antigua – Barbuda
  • Jade Crawford – College student, Eve For Life, Jamaica
  • Taahir Bulbulia – Activist and 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 and Tobago).

Guiding the discussion will be mental health experts Dr Dave Sharma of Guyana and Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor of Trinidad and Tobago, both of whom are highly acclaimed and globally recognized psychologists.

The Caribbean Voice is calling all youths to join this discussion and be advocates for mental health awareness in your country. The rate of mental illness is increasing significantly among youths 15-28 years, globally.

Share your thoughts with us.

The discussion takes place from 06:00 to 08:00 pm, 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 Facebook 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 are not only focused on the issues but also on brainstorm or strategies for redress.


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