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Step Right Up for the Alex Panton Foundation

On Saturday, 29 May, join Rotary Central in the Grand Cayman Marriott Ballroom for a circus-themed night, designed to raise money for the Alex...

Conyers Dill & Pearman donate to Youth Ambassadors Programme

The Alex Panton Foundation (“APF”) kindly received sponsorship from Conyers Dill & Pearman for the Youth Ambassadors Programme (“YAP”). This CI$4,000 has been donated by Conyers in sole sponsorship of the Youth Ambassadors’ many initiatives and projects.

Health minister opens up about painful childhood

Health Minister Dwayne Seymour recently opened up about his childhood and the challenges he faced growing up with a father struggling with mental health issues.

Lockhart: Mental health impact of COVID-19 ‘significant’

Local health experts say the mental health impact of COVID-19 on the Cayman Islands community is "significant" - even as scientific data continues to...

Decriminalising suicide is just a first step

In December, the Cayman Islands government decriminalised suicide in the islands. The move has been hailed as a victory that helps remove the stigma often associated with mental illness. But campaigners say it is just the beginning of the legal and mindset changes required to ensure people with serious mental health conditions get the help they need.

COVID increases anxiety, holiday blues

Local psychologists have noted an increase in mental health challenges and expect it to continue over the holiday period as travel remains limited due to health protocols.

Teens talk mental health in Cayman

Several Youth Ambassadors from John Gray High School, Clifton Hunter High School and Cayman International School spoke with the Cayman Compass about the programme and why mental health matters to them.

Cayman youth connect for mental health

On Saturday, around 50 teens from 12 Cayman Islands schools came together over Zoom to discuss common mental health concerns, many of which have been exacerbated during lockdown, from stress and anxiety to drugs and domestic abuse.
A new 'Stay In & Chill' Facebook page for self-isolating students invites them to take part in workshops and sessions to help them relax and stay connected with the outside world.

Self-isolating students invited to ‘Stay In and Chill’

Students who have recently returned to the island from overseas and who are in self-isolation are being invited to join a ‘Stay In & Chill’ Facebook group that offers them activities and resources to keep entertained and connected.

Symposium aims to address mental health issues

The Alex Panton Foundation (APF) held its 3rd Annual Youth Mental Health Symposium Saturday at the Ritz-Carlton to not only address the mental health issues and stigmas on island, but also the solutions to combat them.

Youth Ambassadors discuss mental health

Students from the Alex Panton Foundation Youth Ambassador Programme last week organised a series of workshops and a play that focussed on suicide, depression, anxiety and bullying.

Mental Health Symposium date announced

The Alex Panton Foundation has announced its 3rd annual Youth Mental Health Symposium will take place on 22 Feb. at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.

‘The Change Project’ focusses on cyberbullying

On 25 Oct. at a red-carpet premiere at Camana Bay Cinema, Logic and Vagabond Media Group launched their new documentary video titled ‘The Change...

Training in emotional literacy for children offered to teachers

The Alex Panton Foundation is offering training to teachers on an emotional literacy programme for children this weekend.

Flexing their muscles

Schmarrah McCarthy and Dan Florek took home individual titles while Cayman Barbell Club earned team honours, all with the former world’s strongest man looking on, at the inaugural Cayman Islands Strongman competition held last weekend.
Cayman Compass is the Cayman Islands' most trusted news website. We provide you with the latest breaking news from the Cayman Islands, as well as other parts of the Caribbean.

Letter: Foundation urges conversation on suicide

The rate of attempted and actual suicide is on a rise in the Cayman Islands, particularly amongst our children and young adults.
Cayman Compass is the Cayman Islands' most trusted news website. We provide you with the latest breaking news from the Cayman Islands, as well as other parts of the Caribbean.

Letter: Reflections from England – on the subject of suicide

It’s National Suicide Prevention Week in the US, and the subject is also to the fore in the Cayman Islands. As a result of a submission by the Alex Panton Foundation, the Cayman Islands Law Reform Commission recommends that suicide should no longer be considered a crime in the Cayman Islands.
Cayman Compass is the Cayman Islands' most trusted news website. We provide you with the latest breaking news from the Cayman Islands, as well as other parts of the Caribbean.

Suicide bereavement group to meet weekly

A free, weekly support group will offer an outlet to those who have lost a loved one to suicide.

Mental health foundation begins programmes for teens and children

Cayman’s leading youth mental health advocacy group is gaining momentum with the addition of two new programmes tailored to the needs of young adults, teens and children.

Three charities spotlighted for Deputy Governor’s 5K

Three Cayman charities focussed on social needs within the community were announced Thursday as the beneficiaries of this year’s Deputy Governor’s 5K Challenge.

Teens panel to explore stress and anxiety

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.

Island Heritage’s CharityDrive back on the road

Island Heritage Insurance is gearing up for its annual CharityDrive, set this year for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Series to tackle bullying behaviour

Clinical psychologist Erica Lam says children who are bullied are at greater risk for attempting suicide.

Paint Cayman green for Saint Patrick

In case you had not heard, this is the weekend to celebrate the Emerald Isle with festivities, pints of Guinness and lots of live music. You do not have to be Irish to appreciate the craic, which will be apparent when you spy the melting pot of cultures joining in the fun.

Survey: One in three Cayman youth contemplates suicide

The Alex Panton Foundation has released data suggesting that a third of Cayman’s youth are thinking about self-harm and suicide.
Cayman Compass is the Cayman Islands' most trusted news website. We provide you with the latest breaking news from the Cayman Islands, as well as other parts of the Caribbean.

Public invited to bullying presentations

The Ministry of Community Affairs and the Alex Panton Foundation announced this week that they will hold a series of community presentations in coming months to address bullying and issues facing young men at risk.

Youth mental health takes center stage

The state of mental health in the Cayman Islands came under close scrutiny on Saturday, when concerned adults from all walks of life met at the Marriott for the second annual Mental Health Symposium.
Cayman Compass is the Cayman Islands' most trusted news website. We provide you with the latest breaking news from the Cayman Islands, as well as other parts of the Caribbean.

Lineup named for mental health symposium

Organizers have announced the lineup of speakers for the second annual Youth Mental Health Symposium, which will take place at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort on Feb. 23.

Junior achievers sell bags for charity

Island Totes, Dart’s Junior Achievement company, recently completed its immersion into the business world with a sale of 82 tote bags.

Alex Panton Foundation formed to fight youth mental illness

When Alex Panton took his own life at age 16, the impact rippled through the community.

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