Peer pressure surrounding social media, societal expectations, self-esteem issues and exams will be among the topics discussed Thursday during a Child Month teen panel focussed on coping with stress.
The 90-minute roundtable discussion at George Town Town Hall will include youth panellists, from 14 to 17 years old, from government and private high schools, including two from Layman E. Scott High School in Cayman Brac. The Department of Children and Family Services event will be moderated by Zoe Conolly Basdeo of the Alex Panton Foundation.
The theme is ‘Navigating Stress and Anxiety during Adolescence’.
DCFS Director Paulinda Mendoza-Williams said studies indicate that stress is a growing issue among children.
“As a community, we must do whatever is in our power to understand and address this problem. It has also been shown that in some cases, mental well-being can be seriously compromised,” she said.
“Therefore, in trying to safeguard our children, it is vital that we find out what they themselves think can be done to alleviate stress and anxiety, and what they think are the most common stressors for teenagers in the Cayman Islands.”
The panel is part of a larger community initiative by the Alex Panton Foundation and the Ministry of Community Affairs targeting bullying and seeking to improve emotional well-being.
The panel will be from 4:30-6pm Thursday at the George Town Town Hall, and is open to members of the public.