Minister of Social Development and Family Services, Camille Robinson-Regis, is appealing to persons who find themselves unable to cope with their life situations to seek out the help that is readily available.
She noted that the ability to acknowledge the need for help is a sign of strength and not weakness, and extended her appeal to families and friends of troubled persons, to avail themselves of the opportunities for assistance provided by the Ministry.
Minister Robinson-Regis was at the time expressing condolences to the family and friends of Michael Maynard and his daughter, Makisha, both of whom died Sunday. It is alleged that Mr. Maynard committed suicide after realising that he had fatally beaten his daughter. Speaking at the Ministry’s Head Office earlier today, Minister Robinson-Regis confirmed that the Ministry’s National Family Services had already begun the process of contacting the family to provide counselling support. Such support, she said, continues to be made free of charge to individuals and
Other services which provide counselling and psychosocial support include the Ministry’s annual cycles of community-based parenting workshops that are held across various districts and which are tailored to equip participants with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to treat with issues including adolescence, bullying, trends in technology, teenage pregnancy and so on.
According to Minister Robinson-Regis, the Ministry is currently engaged in a number of community outreach caravans throughout the country, with the next one scheduled to take place in the Pinto Road community in Arima on Wednesday February 12, 2020.