NUPW gender affairs arm supports family of deceased teen

The Gender Affairs Committee of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) today extended sympathies to the family of 16-year-old Chante Yarde, who was found hanging from a rafter at her Brittons Hill home last night.

Police say the teen’s body was reportedly discovered by her mother.

“At this time our prayers are with the Family, that God Almighty with strengthen them during their time of grief,” NUPW Gender Affairs chairwoman, Makala Beckles-Jordan said in a statement.

According Beckles-Jordan, the issue of child/teen suicide is one of great concern, as the youth are in need of high levels of guidance and positive contributors in their lives at all times.

“While we understand that teen suicide is a growing health concern, it is the third-leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 24, we in Barbados can safely say this is not the case [in] our country, with only four child/teen suicide cases in a span of 12 years, but that number is still too large,” she said.

Makala Beckles-Jordan

She noted that Barbados has introduced a number of suicide prevention initiatives, including school programmes, crisis centre hotlines, and screening programmes that seek to identify at-risk adolescents. There are also media guidelines which include suicide prevention strategies that involve educating professionals across the country, hosted by the Psychiatric Hospital.

“Every child has the right to speak out without fear of victimization or ridicule from parents, guardians or society. A safe atmosphere must be created whether it be at school, home or in general society, and this atmosphere must be maintained at all times to ensure that our children can feel comfortable speaking about issues affecting them,” Beckles-Jordan said.

She also encouraged parents, teachers and guardians to take the time to listen to their children, give the child a chance to speak without fear, and be active in the child’s life as much as possible.


3 Responses to NUPW gender affairs arm supports family of deceased teen

  1. Samantha Best February 5, 2017 at 6:46 am

    Ms. Heckles-Jordan has said what everyone already knows! What about those children who are found wandering because they have no one else to turn to or to listen to themand are sent to “Dodds”?
    When they go to school and express themselves the only way they know how because that is the way they communicate at home they are put outside to stand because no one tries to find out why?
    They are left unattended at night because their parents usually the mothers are working as cleaners and clean buildings at night. They are not prostitutes like everyone believes. Then when they get in on mornings the children have already left for school because those are the instructions they would have received the night prior.

    The children’s advocates we have here have never yet investigated one of these cases. Some have them may have found out the end result after raising questions in court.

    The Child Care Board is under staffed and undertrained to deal with these issues. Check their mandate. Has it been updated to treat to today’s issues?

  2. greg Norville February 5, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    i asking again, ( when will psycologist be attached to,
    or visit schools on a regular basis), in the developed
    countries emphasis is on psycology ,psycology is about
    everything we do, includeing ourr child hood experiences,
    it is a very important scientific tool, & its time we introduce
    it in the school”s curiculum.

  3. Dalton Moore February 6, 2017 at 8:16 am

    The Psychologist should be introduce to talk to children about their child hood experience so that they would not have to take their own life to get away from whatever is in the way!


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