(CMR) The Health Services Authority has opened a youth-friendly adolescent behavioral health center called Alex's Place at the Cayman Islands Hospital.
The HSA said Alex's Place, which was opened in partnership with the Alex Panton Foundation, is a step forward in ensuring an integrated service that meets the needs of the youth in our community.
A multi-disciplinary team of experts, including psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, pediatric adolescent mental health nurses, social workers and occupational therapists, will provide evidence-based care focused on crisis response in the management of mental health-related risks and community outreach services.
Governor Martyn Roper said statistics regarding issues affecting young people are worrying.
“We have to recognise there is a serious mental health challenge impacting our young people and too many are contemplating suicide. We need to do more as a community to tackle this including addressing cultural taboos around mental health, anxiety, sexual identity and sexual abuse,” Governor Roper said.
“I pay tribute to all those involved in this initiative, particularly Premier Panton and Jane Panton, not just for dealing so bravely and courageously with their own personal tragedy over Alex’s loss but the inspiring way they are supporting our community and young people on mental health,” he added.
A ribbon cutting ceremony held recently to open the facility was attended by Premier Wayne Panton, Deputy Governor Franz Manderson, Minister of Health and Wellness Sabrina Turner, other Cabinet Ministers, APF Members, Dr. Marc Lockhart, HSA Board & Management, corporate donors R3 Foundation & Maples Group as well as other Members of Parliament.
Alex’s Place is an outpatient center open from 10 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday, located in the old General Practice building at the Cayman Islands Hospital campus.