Breaking Barriers
16 Jan
Breaking Barriers
  • 12:30pm - 2:00PM
Breaking Barriers
09 Jan
Breaking Barriers
  • 12:30pm - 2:00PM

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Support Groups

Living with Anxiety and Depression

Join us at our peer-led support group for young adults (aged 18 to 25) living with anxiety and depression. The goal of the support group are: to provide a peer-supported environment for those who live with mental health illnesses such as anxiety and depression, to provide a community for young people living with anxiety and depression and to offer a safe environment for people to share their experiences with living with anxiety and depression and its impact on their lives.

When : Every Saturday from 3:00pm - 4:30pm at the George Town, Town Hall.

Facilitator Shane Purcell

Shane Purcell is a trained facilitator who has previously worked with the Irish mental health support group ‘Aware’. He has facilitated support and self-care groups in St. James hospital in Ireland, and is excited about using his extensive experience to facilitate this peer-led support group in Cayman. Contact with any questions.

Shane Purcell

Executive Member of Alex Panton Foundation


What is Stress?

This 45-minute presentation is offered to high school aged students (grade 10 and above). It introduces the topics of stress and anxiety, specifically discussing how anxiety can be a defence mechanism protecting us from danger, and how excessive anxiety can cause problems. The presentation focuses on changing our relationships with stress and anxiety to prevent anxiety disorders. This is based on a cognitive behavioural approach and an emphasis on prevention.

What is Mental Health?

This 45-minute presentation is offered to high school aged students. It introduces the idea of looking after mental health in the same way as physical health, and is focused on understanding the mental health spectrum (i.e. healthy, coping, struggling, unwell), as well as looking out for signs of difficulties, how to cope with distress, and build resilience.


Bullying & Mental Health

Over half of our young people in the Cayman Islands report that they have been bullied. Understanding bullying and its link with mental illness can support the children in our community in creating an anti-bullying culture. This workshop helps to understand bullying and explores strategies for preventing it. Learn how to identify different types of bullying, understand the impact of bullying on children's mental health, identify risk factors that make children vulnerable to bullying, learn how to support an anti-bullying culture and understand how bullying and mental health interrelate and contribute to each other.

Young Men at Risk

Suicide rates are higher in men than women. Research indicates that youth suicide and specific social and cultural variable are linked, such as quality of life, social attachment, measures of individualism, and help seeking behaviours. This workshop will explore: how emotional distress is communicated in young men, challenging and risk taking behaviours displayed by young men, warning signs to watch for and help-seeking.

Management of Anxiety

This 1.5-hour workshop is targeted at adults who work with young people (i.e. community leaders, teachers, mentors, and coaches). During this presentation, we discuss healthy vs. unhealthy anxiety, and the management of unhealthy anxiety.

The “No Harm Done” Approach

This Skills Workshop for Preventing Self Harm and Suicide is a 3-hour workshop targeted at professionals in management or adults who work with young people i.e. community leaders, teachers, mentors, and coaches. The content focuses on self-harm and suicided and discusses ways of supporting young people using the “No Harm Done” approach.

COVID-19 Virtual Community Workshop Series

During March 2020, the Alex Panton Foundation hosted a three-part workshop series to provide additional support during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Topics discussed included Social Distancing, Managing Stress and Staying Emotionally Connected and were focused on parents as the target audience (including parents of those with disabilities). These workshops were held online via Zoom, and all the recordings can be viewed on our Facebook page under the “Videos” section.


Education Sessions by the Alex Panton Foundation in collaboration with the Ministry of Community Affairs, brings together members of the local Cayman community & experts on the field for the 2019 Workshops "Bullying & Mental Health" "Young Men At Risk"

Dr Erica Lam

Clinical Consultant of Alex Panton Foundation

Dr Colleen Brown

Psychologist Psy.D.M.A.

Dr. Catherine Day

Clinical Psychologist