Register today to join the conversation!

The 2023 Alex Panton Foundation Youth Mental Health Symposium returns on 18 February for a big conversation.
Are you ready to address the elephant in the room? Join the 6th annual event and “Let’s talk about trauma”.

The Alex Panton Foundation is here to remind you that there is help and there is light at the end of the tunnel. Here’s your chance to connect and create change for youth mental health in the Cayman Islands.

Register to attend the free, in-person event on 18 February from 10 am – 4:00 pm.

Stay connected with us via our social channels and check back here as we continue to update this page in the coming days.

More info on topics, agenda, speakers, and sponsors coming soon.


18 February 2023

9:30 a.m. Registration

10:00 a.m. Welcome

Lizzette Yearwood, Alex Panton Foundation

10:05 a.m. Welcome Remarks (5 mins)

Jane Panton, Chairperson, Alex Panton Foundation

10:10 a.m. Welcome Remarks

His Excellency Martyn Roper, OBE, Governor of the Cayman Islands

10:15 a.m. Opening Address

Hon Sabrina Turner, MP, Minister of Health and Wellness

10:20 a.m. Opening Address

Hon Andre Ebanks, JP, MP, Minister of Investment, Innovation and Social Development

10:25 a.m. Planning to Thrive in Uncertain Times

Dr Shari Smith, Clinical Psychologist, Life Options

11:00 a.m. Coffee Break

11:10 a.m. Sit with it: Accepting Life's Punches and Building Resiliency

Sutton Burke, Clinical Director, Infinite Mindcare

11:45 a.m. Youth Voice: How We Maintain Hope in These Uncertain Times

Youth Ambassador Programme | Bill LaMonte, Education Coordinator, Jhadari Lumley, Youth Ambassador Leader and Youth Ambassadors: Cristin Jackson (moderator), Isabella Do Vale, Soleil Parkinson, Lilly Haug and D’hani Bodden

12:25 p.m. How Adults and/or Parents Can Support Young People at Times of Uncertainty

Deirdre Carmola, SEN Case Manager Inclusion, Ministry of Education

1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:35 p.m. Touching Tomorrow from Today: The Value of Mentoring

Pastor Christopher Murray, Counsellor, John Gray High School and Director, Boyz2Men and   Seaford Russell and Mark Phillips, from the Boyz2Men programme.

1:55 p.m. Learning to thrive

Alanna Warwick-Smith, Brittany Evans & Zaria Anthony

2:25 p.m. YES WE CAN! Don't rule us out!

Clare Panyandee, PE Teacher, Lighthouse School

3:00 p.m. Coffee Break

3:10 p.m. Youth Voice: Inclusion4All

Monina Thompson, Youth Ambassador Leader

3:25 p.m.The Unique Reflection

Mario Garraway, Youth Counselor & Health Services Authority (HSA) Behavioural Health Aide

3:50 p.m. LGBTQ Research Data Presentation

Presentation researcher: Cavelle Chai-Hong-Delfosse, Clinical Psychologist, Aspire. Presented by Youth Ambassador representatives, Jhadari Lumley and Isaias Pascual. 

4:05 p.m. Closing Remarks

Hailee Robinson, Deputy Chairperson, Alex Panton Foundation

4:10 p.m. Closing


His Excellency Martyn Roper

Governor of the Cayman Islands

Hon Andre Ebanks

JP, MP, Minister for Investment, Innovation and Social Development

Hon Sabrina Turner

MP, Minister of Health, Environment, Culture and Housing

Zaria Anthony

Trainee Pharmacy Technician, Doctors Hospital

D’hani Bodden

Youth Ambassador Programme

Sutton Burke

Clinical Director, Infinite Mindcare

Deirdre Carmola

SEN Case Manager, Inclusion, Ministry of Education

Isabella Do Vale

Youth Ambassador Programme

Brittany Evans

Student of Law, Truman Bodden Law School

Mario Garraway

Youth Counselor & Health Services Authority (HSA) Behavioural Health Aide

Lilly Haug

Youth Ambassador Programme

Cristin Jackson

Youth Ambassador Programme

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