A local group intent on improving the medical wellbeing of the people of the Cayman Islands is hosting a seminar about mental health as its latest venture.
The group, Making A Difference, has invited behavioural researcher psychologist Bonnie J. Kaplan to speak during a free seminar on Tuesday titled, “Taking Control of Your Mental Health”.
Dr. Kaplan is a research psychologist who studies mood and behavioural disorders. She has recently been studying the role of vitamins and minerals in the treatment of mood, aggression and explosive rage.
“Many of our local people are suffering from mental illness and so many times the medication recommended hasn’t helped,” said Darrell Dacres, a member of Making a Difference.
“Even when the recommended medication is taken, there are often side effects. People are suffering from depression, bipolar, anxiety, ADHD and schizophrenia in silence because of the embarrassment that is placed on these illnesses. As we reach out to the community, we are learning that more and more children are being diagnosed with these problems.
“Making a Difference is hoping to bring some healing to the suffering children and adults struggling with these mental illnesses,” Mr. Dacres said.
The group wants to explore alternative medications and diet as a means to help deal with mental health issues and is inviting everyone to attend the seminar to hear about Dr. Kaplan’s research and findings.
Dr. Kaplan, a professor in the faculty of medicine at the University of Calgary and the Behavioural Research Unit at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, will visit the Cayman Islands for five days from 17 to 22 February.
Mr. Dacres said his group had been in contact with local medical professionals, as well as the ministries of health and education, to invite them to the seminar and to invite them to meet and talk with Dr. Kaplan.
The seminar is free of charge and will be held at the Marriott Beach Resort ballroom from 7.30 to 9.30pm on Tuesday, 19 February.