RISK FACTORS: How To Support SUICIDAL YOUTH in Barbados

What can anyone do? Children suffer everyday, I am not saying it is right but exactly what can you do if u are living in a neighborhood where there’s a child suffering. Will you take in that child? Feed him or her everyday? The most you can do is give them something to eat every now and then. What exactly can the neighbors do? Take him from his mother? I am very sad about the situation but there wasnt much the neighbors could’ve done. Maybe Yes inform Child Care Board and the Police but what else could’ve anyone else do? -Chennel Prescod, resident of Barbados, commenting on Facebook Barbados newspaper thread

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I will keep my answers short and simple being that my blog has several articles covering child neglect, abuse, lack of reporting protocol, negative cultural and discriminatory attitudes toward child’s rights and empowerment, etc. Those articles have been offered to assist Barbados in gaining the overstanding and motivation to change themselves in order to build better futures for our children. Please feel free to reference them:

1. https://focusbarbados.wordpress.com/2015/05/16/youth-suicide-in-barbados-what-can-be-learned-in-memoriam-rest-in-love-shamar-weekes/
2. https://focusbarbados.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/protocol-for-mandatory-child-abuse-reporting-has-been-delayed-year-after-year-in-barbados-as-the-number-of-child-abuse-cases-increased/

3. https://focusbarbados.wordpress.com/2015/04/28/only-in-barbados-where-there-is-nothing-wrong-with-child-abuse-domestic-violence/
4. https://focusbarbados.wordpress.com/2015/04/28/how-the-few-control-the-many-failure-to-read-and-comprehend-or-failure-to-reason/
5. https://focusbarbados.wordpress.com/2015/04/27/the-stains-of-our-silence-the-blood-of-our-children-is-on-our-hands/

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Resiliency Factors

The presence of resiliency factors can lessen the potential of risk factors to lead to suicidal ideation and behaviors.  Once a child or adolescent is considered at risk, schools, families, and friends should work to build these factors in and around the youth. These include:

  • Family support and cohesion, including good communication.
  • Peer support and close social networks.
  • School and community connectedness.
  • Cultural or religious beliefs that discourage suicide and promote healthy living.
  • Adaptive coping and problem-solving skills, including conflict-resolution.
  • General life satisfaction, good self-esteem, sense of purpose.
  • Easy access to effective medical and mental health resources. 

via http://www.nasponline.org/resources/crisis_safety/suicideprevention.aspx

**************AND DEMAND MANDATORY PROTOCOL FOR REPORTING CHILD NEGLECT AND ABUSE NOW!!!!********************

-Tru Focus-

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