We are dedicated to ensuring that the public is aware of the mental health issues our youth face. Mental illness is just as serious as any physical illness.
Together, we can eradicate the long-standing stigma around mental illness in the Cayman Islands through the power of education and awareness.
You are not alone. If you are struggling with mental illness, we are here to help. There are resources available and a supportive network if you are in need.
2020 Youth Mental Health Symposium Sponsors!We are grateful for your ongoing support.
12:00 noon | Registration & Welcome Coffee
1:00pm | Welcome Remarks
Jane Panton | Chairperson, Alex Panton Foundation
1:10pm | Welcome Remarks
His Excellency Martyn Roper, OBE | Governor of the Cayman Islands
1:15pm | Opening Address
Hon. Dwayne Seymour, JP, MLA | Minister of Health, Environment, Culture and Housing
1:25pm | Youth Ambassador Panel
Youth Ambassadors | Jhadari Lumley | Cristin Jackson | Yoleiddy Cid-Paredes | Paxton McCoy
Moderated by | Bill LaMonte | National Board Science Teacher | Dr. Colleen Brown | OnCourse Cayman
2:05pm | Miss Cayman Islands World Remarks
Jaci Patrick | Miss Cayman Islands World 2019
2:10pm | How to “think” with your feet: Empowerment through facing your fears
Kevin Ashworth | Co-Founder & Clinical Director of NW Anxiety Institute
3:05pm | Coffee Break
3:20pm | The Power of Prevention: Zippy & Apple’s Social
Dr Catherine Day | Consultant Clinical Psychologist & Dr. Xenia Sotiriou | Therapist
4:05pm | 5 Myths about Youth Mental Health
Dr Marc Lockhart MD | Psychiatrist
4:50pm | Closing Remarks
Hailee Robinson | Deputy Chairperson, Alex Panton Foundation
4:55pm | Mocktails and Canapes
The Alex Panton Foundation is a not-for-profit with the primary objective of raising awareness of mental illnesses affecting children and young adults in the Cayman Islands with a particular focus on anxiety and depression.
This Foundation has been established in memory of Alex Panton, who succumbed to the effects of severe depression at the age of 16.
The Alex Panton Foundation aims to provide hope and resources to friends, family, teachers, classmates and careers to help save the lives of children and young adults struggling with mental illness.
To raise awareness of mental illnesses affecting children and young adults of the Cayman Islands with a particular focus on anxiety and depression.
To provide hope and resources to help improve the lives of children and young adults affected by mental illness.
To address the stigma surrounding mental illness through providing and promoting educational resources to the Cayman community.
To influence the development of public and private policies to ensure adequate access to tools and resources to those dealing with mental illness, including ensuring adequate health insurance coverage.
To seek to address discrimination against young people affected by mental illness.
To educate friends, family, teachers, classmates, carers and the wider population on how to identify and successfully interact with young people with mental illness.
To provide resources to friends, family, teachers, classmates, carers to help them support those young people with mental illness.
To provide support options to those suffering from mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety via local sources.
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