Alex Panton Foundation highlights mental health support and resources available to the Cayman Islands community

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The following is a press release from the Alex Panton Foundation:

The Alex Panton Foundation (APF) has the primary objectives of raising awareness, and providing support, for children and young adults who have been affected by mental health challenges in the Cayman Islands.

In light of recent events, our community is reminded how important it is to know where to find help. Tragically, young-person suicide is far too common. A 2021 report from The World Health Organisation, listed suicide as the fourth leading cause of death in 15-19 year olds across the globe. In the Cayman Islands, one in six students reported that they have seriously considered attempting suicide (CISDUS, 2020)*.

Dr Erica Lam, Alex Panton Foundation Board Member and Consultant Clinical Psychologist said, “It is imperative that young people and their families know where to turn for support and guidance, particularly during such a challenging time. The Alex Panton Foundation initiatives have been developed based on local data through the collaborative efforts of policymakers, practitioners and organisations, committed to creating lasting change.”

Those that are struggling now, and require immediate assistance, should dial the emergency services on 911.

The Alex Panton Foundation offers many programmes to provide support and guidance to young people and their families in the Cayman Islands:

Bereavement Support Group

  • Facilitator: Ms April Lewis
  • Ages 18+
  • Every Thursday, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Active dates: 24 February – 31 March
  • Bethesda Counselling Centre, Unit 4, 68 Mary Street, George Town, Grand Cayman
  • Email:

Teen Talk virtual support group

Breaking Barriers support group

There are also a number of community and public service resources available in the Cayman Islands. These include:

Cayman Islands Crisis Centre

  • KidsHelpline: +1 (345) 649-KIDS (5437)

Department of Counselling Services

Family Resource Center

HSA Mental Health Services

Private Services Providers offer specialist care and support services. Recommended providers include, but are not limited to:

Achieve Cayman

Aspire Therapeutic Services

Bethesda Counselling Centre

BHAC (Behavioural Health Associates Cayman)

Cathy Alberga

Hope Academy Clinical Services

Infinite Mindcare

Kidsability Ltd.

Life Options Counselling Services

OnCourse Cayman

The Wellness Centre

International resources can offer effective online support. APF has highlighted the following suicide prevention services:

Befrienders Worldwide

Grassroots Suicide Prevention

For more information about the programmes and services offered by the Foundation, and how to get involved, visit .

*Findings from the 2020 Cayman Islands Drug Use biennial survey.

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