Positive Minds, Productive Outcomes Youth Forum

The Siparia District Health Facility in collaboration with the Siparia District Health Facility Community Partnership Board held a Youth Forum at the Siparia Community Centre on Friday 17th August, 2018, to commemorate United Nations International Youth Day. The forum aimed to educate and empower youths in the St. Patrick East community, equip young people with the skills to positively respond to stressful situations, effectively manage their mental health and develop problem-solving and decision-making skills.

 

Approximately 75 young persons from the Siparia community, Civilian Corps Conservation, Siparia Police Youth Club and Pillars of Truth Ministries, Chaguanas, attended the event. The Forum’s theme was “Positive Minds Productive Outcomes” and featured presentations from staff at the South-West Regional Health Authority’s Psychiatry Department, which were centred on making positive decisions, problem-solving, combating negative self-talk, stress management and self-preservation.

 

“One of the challenges youths face on a daily basis is coping with stress. This programme will enable youths to effectively cope with the stress, anxiety, low self-esteem and other issues they may experience,” said Ms. Krystal Richardson, Facility Manager, Siparia DHF. Ms. Denise Bristow, President of the Siparia District Health Facility Community Partnership Board, also pledged the support of the Community Partnership Board to continue working with the Siparia DHF “to assist with projects to improve health and to educate and empower the nation’s youths in today’s society”.