World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 15


Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. It’s a rather awkward phrase to pronounce, but a very important day that focuses on an issue that is often ignored and forgotten. Two years ago, I wrote about this as a “hidden problem.” As founder of the non-governmental organization Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP) Jean Lowrie-Chin has … More World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 15

Jamaica Psychiatric Association Responds to INDECOM Report on Prisoners “Detained at Pleasure”


The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) press briefing last week, as usual, highlighted the Commission’s Quarterly Report. The January – March, 2020 Report focused on Jamaicans who are “detained at pleasure” in our prisons. Persons in this category are either children found guilty of a capital offense; persons found unfit to plead by the Court; or persons … More Jamaica Psychiatric Association Responds to INDECOM Report on Prisoners “Detained at Pleasure”

A Sinking Dinghy, and a Tiny Bird: Thoughts on COVID-19


As I have observed before, coping mentally and emotionally with COVID-19 is not easy. It is as if we are frozen in time. Every evening in Jamaica, anxiety flickers as we wait for the latest test results to be released. As of this evening, we are up to 196 positives. There was a grandfather clock … More A Sinking Dinghy, and a Tiny Bird: Thoughts on COVID-19

Jamaica COVID-19 Update: 163 Cases, the Call Centres, Community Quarantine Issues


So much has been happening, and I am going to quickly paraphrase the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ latest update, as of 8:00 p.m. our time. Here goes: Jamaica now has 163 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – 20 new cases in the past 24 hours. Details on 17 cases are to … More Jamaica COVID-19 Update: 163 Cases, the Call Centres, Community Quarantine Issues

Rehabilitation Centre to Expand as Number of Road Crash and Violent Crime Victims Increases


I am writing a lot about health recently. Yes, environmental issues are still very much on my mind, but I will have to get back to them later. However, please bear with me. This year, I am seeing a lot of linkages: between crime, violence, road crashes – and health. The year has not started … More Rehabilitation Centre to Expand as Number of Road Crash and Violent Crime Victims Increases

UNICEF’s U-Report: Helping Youth with Mental Health Challenges


Our Ministry of Health and Wellness has been focusing on mental health recently. Young Jamaicans are by no means immune to such challenges, and often do not know where to turn when the world seems to be falling apart around them. A partnership with UNICEF, U-Report Jamaica, has been effective, however – kudos to the … More UNICEF’s U-Report: Helping Youth with Mental Health Challenges

Bellevue Hospital Receives Over US$5,000 from Diaspora in USA


I spent a few hours at Bellevue Hospital in Kingston this week, for the launch of the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ Mental Health Campaign. Despite the heat and humidity, it was a cheerful experience. I had harbored an image of Bellevue (despite its pretty name) as a glowering, Victorian-style edifice. Later, I got the … More Bellevue Hospital Receives Over US$5,000 from Diaspora in USA