All Barbadians invited to a public forum on suicide prevention, at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Center, Tuesday 22 October at 6:00 p.m.
The U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean will be conducting a series of informational events addressing suicide prevention in Barbados with Dr. Alan Berman, Executive Director of American Association of Suicidology. While in Barbados, Dr. Berman will host three events with two Fulbright alumni as well as representatives from civil society and government targeting three key audiences: academics and counselors, first responders, and the general public.
Dr. Berman’s engagement at this time underscores the Embassy’s commitment to improving citizen safety, as well as, providing support for national and regional health organizations.
The series begins on Monday, October 21st with a roundtable discussion at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus at 12:00 p.m. for academics and counselors addressing, among other topics, trends in the field of suicidology and medical protocols. In the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Auditorium on Monday at 6:00 p.m., Dr. Berman will lead a panel discussion for first responders looking at recent cases of suicide in Barbados and possible options for intervention by first responders to diffuse volatile situations involving suicidal behaviors.
The series concludes on Tuesday, October 22nd at 6:00 p.m. at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre with a public forum that will identify examples of triggers for suicidal behavior, methods of intervention, and how to reduce the stigma associated with mental health.
Dr. Alan Berman has served as Executive Director of American Association of Suicidology since 1995. He is the former President of the International Association for Suicide Prevention and has published seven books, the latest being the second edition of Adolescent Suicide: Assessment and Intervention. He has also published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles about suicidology and suicide prevention. Joining Dr. Berman for this series will be two Barbadian mental health practitioners and Fulbright alumni: psychologist Marcus Lashley and counselor Diane Holder. Mr. Lashley earned his degree in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University, and Mrs. Holder earned her Master of from the University of Florida.