Children stressed, psychologist says

One psychologist believes many of the island’s children are experiencing high levels of stress.

Intern counseling psychologist at the St Michael School Georgina Jarvis said the number of children presenting with stress cases was very concerning.

Intern counseling psychologist Georgina Jarvis.

She was speaking at the school’s monthly Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) meeting last Thursday.

“I have not worked in the school system long enough to state if there is a rise in depression in school children or not, but I do find children are experiencing a lot of stress. I do see some depressive symptoms in children and I offer ongoing counseling for that. But no children that I have been seeing have been clinically diagnosed,” she said.

Jarvis sought to educate the parents and guardians who attended the meeting on the causes of depression, explaining to them that they were many different sources.

“Genetics; physical, mental and sexual abuse; bullying; unrealistic expectations from parents and unpredictable parents; neglect and lack of affection at home lead to depression as well,” she explained.

Of those causes, Jarvis said, bullying was the most concerning at this time.

“Bullying is very worrying. I find a lot of children are often subjected to bullying and don’t know how to deal with it. They don’t go to parents or teachers and talk about it. You may think children don’t have stress but more and more children tend to suffer from a high amount of stress. . . . If you are someone in your family suffers from depression, then you should pay closer attention to your children and monitor it, because they may be at risk for depression as well,” Jarvis cautioned.

Intern counseling psychologist Georgina Jarvis (centre) in conversation with President of the Barbados National Council of Parent Teacher Associations Shone Gibbs (left) and Principal of the St Michael School Yvette Mayers (right).

She added that it was equally worrying that Barbadians did not readily seek help when dealing with cases of depression, for themselves or children, and preferred to deal with the issues at home.

“Psychology seems to be a newer discipline here in Barbados, but it can make a huge impact, and depression is very difficult to deal with. It’s difficult to live with somebody that’s suffering from depression, it’s difficult to live with it, so people need help. They deserve help. They should ask for help,” Jarvis added.

She said, however, that the word depression should not be used loosely and parents should seek to have each individual case properly diagnosed.

67 Responses to Children stressed, psychologist says

  1. Nickk Moore
    Nickk Moore February 21, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Information overload….

  2. Philip Clement
    Philip Clement February 21, 2017 at 9:49 am

    She looks just as stressed..

  3. Jade Drusilla Fenty
    Jade Drusilla Fenty February 21, 2017 at 9:54 am

    She look

  4. Judy King February 21, 2017 at 10:01 am

    The most bullying students encounter daily, believe it or not are from their teachers and the leaders of school, not their peers.

    Ms Jarvis you should ask Dr. Yvette Mayers about some of the derogatory comments she makes daily to some of the students at the SMS.

  5. Matthew Croney
    Matthew Croney February 21, 2017 at 10:05 am

    She on some ting

  6. Hal Austin February 21, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Whose idea was it to bring this silly woman from the US to ‘evaluate’ our children. Where is the trade union when you need them most.
    Plse remove this woman from our schools.
    No matter what, Barbados is not as mad as the US.

    • allison archer February 21, 2017 at 10:15 am

      eventually Hal Austin we cannot close our eyes to it, we are closely following in the footsteps of America and just a matter of time before total madness has overcome our children

  7. allison archer February 21, 2017 at 10:12 am

    the mind of children is being dumbed down daily by the different sources they entertain, their logic, critical, analytical skills have been eroded away and now they do not know how to cope, the only escape they know is escaping this world by suicide

    the word of God is not being practiced neither taught so they are looking to fill that void with what the world have to offer which is detrimental to self

    if only man would accept what Jesus did on the Cross, His Resurrection, life would be so wholesome for all who accept Him

    • Ashley February 21, 2017 at 10:45 am

      There are increased stresses on the upcoming generation(s) as well as children having to cope with society. Nothing is being eroded as you say, and suicide is often a last resource, people just do not jump to that conclusion.

      Bim has a stigma on mental health, and if this lady can help, we should allow her to give us the tools to do so.

      And I would not say that religion or lack there of is the cause of mental illness. The most devout Christian can develop mental illness.

      • allison archer February 21, 2017 at 7:23 pm

        Ashley I cannot agree with you especially in your last paragraph it is not scriptural, this world is twisted and perverted, every aspect of life is contrary to the origin

        all these issues we are dealing with are all from one source , we have fallen away from our fathers’ tradition in that the foundation is not being laid for mankind does not know his Creator Isaiah 1:3 so man is searching for other causes to fill that void= some turn to drugs, alcohol, slandering, homosexuality, prostitution, following the life of music, movie stars etc. and these cannot fill that gap in one’s life
        these substitutes after some time leaves one into a more despondent, depressed, lonely state more so leading to addiction and the children inherits this

        there is no more village network the neighbors all keep to themselves, most “churches” has fail society, teachers can barely maintain our children because parents give them nothing to work with (basic morals and values) so the children do not know how to cope,relate or express themselves so they hold all inwards until eventually…..

        it is impossible to separate the Creator from His creation, we were formed from dust for His pleasure and without Him nothing is profitable/worthy in this life. it is only in Him we have an identity, purpose of existence

        A born-again Christian cannot develop mental illness for you see it is a promise that we will receive the mind of Christ ( 1 Corinthians 2:16) and He never had mental issues neither will those who obey Him
        Romans 12:1-2 is what Christians aim for in giving the Creator back His creation and to be made whole in Him

        I may seem long and winded but take time to just look up these two scriptures

        • Ashley February 23, 2017 at 11:32 am

          I do not think that the “issues” that you pointed out are due to the lack of religious practices.

          Some of these problems stem from chemical imbalances in the body, the family and society you grow up in and various other causes. I am a Christian but I do not pick and choose verses in the good book to justify an explanation to a medical issue, or many others and I think that is the main distinction between the millennials and the older generation.

          • allison archer February 24, 2017 at 1:51 pm

            Ashley this article highlighted stress the young ones are facing, do you understand what it is, or the cause
            our young ones are not being equipped to function in this world, building them emotionally, psychologically, physically, academically etc and not spiritually leaves them restricted

            there is nothing more lethal than not being able to articulate the endeavour that one is experiencing or to suffer through some diabolical disease or ailment, not being able to discern between good and evil, having to bow to pressure, we just regress inwardly

            very rare are the days when Psalms 23 is being quoted from the lips of a child even the Lord’s prayer, a basic thank you or sorry cannot be found when needed, these are all found in the Bible, teach your children my ways it is commanded of us

            your perspective of these issues are confined to this world as for me I see the big picture, there is no more focusing on a tree but I can see the forest

            the word of God is reciprocal having blessings and curses attached to God’s promises
            as a Christian you cannot see the turn away from the Living God therefore the degradation of society and family life?

  8. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince February 21, 2017 at 10:19 am


  9. Sonia Romain
    Sonia Romain February 21, 2017 at 10:23 am

    But some of wanna in here ain’t easy tho….

    • Gail Agard Wallace
      Gail Agard Wallace February 21, 2017 at 10:38 am

      Ever. Never easy. You are correct.

    • Sabrina Brathwaite
      Sabrina Brathwaite February 21, 2017 at 10:51 am
    • Sonia Romain
      Sonia Romain February 21, 2017 at 11:05 am
    • Sonia Romain
      Sonia Romain February 21, 2017 at 11:06 am

      Easy is too easy a word…dangerous is more like it…

    • Greitcha Smith
      Greitcha Smith February 21, 2017 at 11:26 am

      Typical of some bajans … Missing the point

    • Maria Leclair Dasilva
      Maria Leclair Dasilva February 21, 2017 at 1:22 pm

      They don’t have one good brain cell left in their brain. They only know how to cut others down, they all need to look in the mirror. You can gain or lose weight but can’t change ugly.

  10. Sonia Romain
    Sonia Romain February 21, 2017 at 10:26 am

    But if she dealing with children….she got to alledgedly look stress

  11. Jacqueline Garnes
    Jacqueline Garnes February 21, 2017 at 10:30 am

    She look horrible..she better take her own advice

  12. Sanky February 21, 2017 at 10:30 am

    With all due respects to the lady…..when I look at her and hear her speak…I wonder where the help is really needed.

  13. Samud Ali
    Samud Ali February 21, 2017 at 10:33 am

    I couldn’t give two proverbial wuk ups what she looks like, our children must come first and we need to take our stupid pride and hang it out to dry and realise that there is merit to her observation

    • Peggy Stoute Morin
      Peggy Stoute Morin February 21, 2017 at 11:27 am

      Thank you, sir. I read these comments with sadness. When you don’t like the message, attack the messenger. Ms. Jarvis, some of us hear you and understand what you are saying. My apologies on behalf of these people who chose to personally attack you. Rather than look for solutions, rather than ask what can we do, this is their response to a very serious issue, and then they will come to this paper and weep when children commit suicide . From the leaders on down, this is the attitude. It is sickening.

  14. Sabrina Brathwaite
    Sabrina Brathwaite February 21, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Of course they are after they have an appointment with you

  15. bradg February 21, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Typical bajan……focusing on the messenger and not the message.

  16. Maureen Fields
    Maureen Fields February 21, 2017 at 11:02 am

    I never in all my years witness this amount of stress level in this small Island of 166= miles!
    Everywhere I go people showing signs of stress, bitterness, confuse and anger… Especially on public transportation.
    At the bus stop, persons come and stand like if they are in a trance, no good morning, nothing! They look so sad. And the school children too!
    But if the parents are depress by what this wicked Democratic Labour Party doing to our Island the children will have to feel it too…cause we working hard getting send home with no pay; no other income; Dems got our lives confuse and measurable, the children are pressured.
    When the Head bad, the whole body bad. Right now I hey stress too! But thank Jehovah God, there is hope, in Jesus’ Mighty name amen.

  17. Candy Singh
    Candy Singh February 21, 2017 at 11:18 am

    She has a high level of stress according to observation

  18. Princess Small
    Princess Small February 21, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Shanette Que Donna Balgobin Shelly Murrell

  19. Sonia Romain
    Sonia Romain February 21, 2017 at 11:50 am

    On a serious note…what Miss Jarvis the psychologist is saying is acutually true, she do have a point and i agree with her. We as parents including teachers…yes! I say teachers should be able to recognised the symptoms and seek the required help where necessary for the kids who maybe experiencing problems…(stress)

  20. Adrian Hinds February 21, 2017 at 11:55 am

    1: “believes many of the island’s children are experiencing high levels of stress.”

    2:“I have not worked in the school system long enough to state if there is a rise in depression in school children or not,”

    3:but I do find children are experiencing a lot of stress. I do see some depressive symptoms in children. ”

    4:”no children that I have been seeing have been clinically diagnosed,”


    Her “beliefs” – what are they based on? By her own admission she has not seen enough kids to make this alarming comment. Our kids are not public figures but should the following be applied at all times by these people trained in this mock science?

    “professional code holds that if they haven’t performed an in-person evaluation, psychiatrists should keep quiet on the mental character of public figures (unless of course they have that person’s permission to speak out).”

    • Ashley February 21, 2017 at 12:39 pm

      She may have spoken with teachers and guardians, as well as some students and has based her statement as such.

      Stress is increasing and we can not turn a blind eye to it.

  21. Kemar Holder
    Kemar Holder February 21, 2017 at 12:10 pm


  22. Sassi Chic
    Sassi Chic February 21, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    She looks a bit anorexic but the information is good….parents take time and sit, chat with your children and those in your community

  23. Maria Leclair Dasilva
    Maria Leclair Dasilva February 21, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    This woman is addressing a very important and serious issue facing the youth of Barbados, the ignorance of the people who choose to insult her rather than listen to her message is appalling. It is time to take your dunce caps off and learn something of importance which someday may save the life of someone close to you.

  24. Barry Telesford
    Barry Telesford February 21, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    She looking stresses

    • Maria Leclair Dasilva
      Maria Leclair Dasilva February 21, 2017 at 1:50 pm

      What if she was fat, would she still look stressed?

    • Barry Telesford
      Barry Telesford February 21, 2017 at 1:51 pm


    • Barry Telesford
      Barry Telesford February 21, 2017 at 1:51 pm

      Do you mean what if she HAD fat.

    • Barry Telesford
      Barry Telesford February 21, 2017 at 1:56 pm

      Its a good thing you didnt ask me what she actually look like. Hmmm

    • Michelle Griffith
      Michelle Griffith February 21, 2017 at 3:03 pm

      Wow that was a meaningful an intelligent conversation.I now see where children get they intelligence from………….the adults,smh.

    • Barry Telesford
      Barry Telesford February 21, 2017 at 5:10 pm

      Ha ha ha. And we did get fb from a youth so there.

      Thank Mark Zuckerberg

  25. Tasha Ghotbi
    Tasha Ghotbi February 21, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    So no one here was stressed to perform well in school? Come now, Bajan school system pushes kids hard to excel and get good marks – at the expense of their happiness sometimes.

  26. Michelle Griffith
    Michelle Griffith February 21, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Wow,I bet you all people on here body shaming the psychologist,have some of the same problem children she talking about,the lady have some great advice and observations.

    • Maria Leclair Dasilva
      Maria Leclair Dasilva February 21, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      If she was overweight or even morbidly obese she would have passed the body test. She is full of great knowledge it is unfortunate people aren’t listening. We need to be able to change stupid.

    • Michelle Griffith
      Michelle Griffith February 21, 2017 at 2:18 pm

      Bajans like to criticize,they seeing the physical appearance of the lady,but are not taking in what she is saying,stupid is as stupid does.

  27. Michelle Griffith
    Michelle Griffith February 21, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Annise,I agree

  28. Kellyann Thompson
    Kellyann Thompson February 21, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Michelle Griffith join her

  29. Sonia Romain
    Sonia Romain February 21, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Kellyann you are WRONG…no matter how old, experience, knowledgeable or not…a person may be. We never stop learning especially i as a parent….even the doctors does seek a second opinion or advice from they counterparts…

  30. Sebastian Da Costa
    Sebastian Da Costa February 21, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    What she is saying is true but she too looks like she is stressed .

  31. Alana Mel
    Alana Mel February 21, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Denise Cozier

  32. Kellyann Thompson
    Kellyann Thompson February 21, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Why waste my time

  33. Alana Mel
    Alana Mel February 21, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Shari Scott

  34. Jamar Haynes February 21, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    How she looks is inconsequential. She has a point. What is more important is this: what are her credentials? Where did she go to University, has she graduated, does she hold the requisite qualifications to be opining in the press about the children with authority. We are all stressed. Children with stress need extra help. Parents must watch their children, we all know this. They must also remove the stigma from their minds of that getting help for children means they are “mad”. That is nonsense. Now back to the lady, is she qualified? Can I assume this based on her attachment to St Michael’s???????????

  35. Ricky Harris
    Ricky Harris February 21, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Their parents stressed too!! #SadButTrue

  36. Michelle Griffith
    Michelle Griffith February 21, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    I would gladly join her Ms Thompson because I go with the people with the most sense,your comment is just idiotic and nonsensical.

  37. Stress Babi
    Stress Babi February 21, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Does It Matter How She Looks ??? Wanna Straying From The Point !!!

  38. L King February 21, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Why would anyone in their right mind take any note from this morning: she looks like shes going to have a nervous breakdown – she’s a mess. She not fit to speak she needs counselling. And its not her job to speak for shes only an intern – yet to be qualified and licensed.

  39. Hal Austin February 21, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    This is a very serious issue. At a time when Donald Trump is drawing up a protectionist bridge, someone in Barbados has thought it fit to invite some so-called psychologist to Barbados to pontificate on the mental health of our children.
    There is nothing special about St Michael; this prognosis can, by definition, be applied to all our secondary schools.
    In time, like ADHD, the big pharmaceutical companies will come up with a de-stressing medicine which our children will be compelled to take for the rest of their school days.
    The medicalisation of ordinary behaviour will then be used to explain our entire culture.
    As a nation we want to know who authorised the appointment of this woman; is she being paid, and if so, who by; is she submitting a report, and if so, to whom.
    One thing can be certain, she will return to the crime crippled US and write a book or thesis telling the world that school children in Barbados are mad.
    We always allow these people, who are not even recognised in their own homes, to come from Europe and North America, to define us.
    The fools in this forum who think that is fine are the kind of people who will sell their parents for a pot of silver.
    Remember, in the UK psychiatrists think that pentecostalism is a mental illness.

  40. Greitcha Smith
    Greitcha Smith February 21, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Ffs they don’t charge for punctuation on here. Try using it!

  41. Vad50 February 21, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    The Intern counseling psychologist Georgina Jarvis looks more stressed than the children.
    Children need to be children; and not take on the adult issues. Parents are supposes to protect their children mentally, spiritually and physically. They have to realize that they are responsible for parenting. I do not see why we need someone who do not have a clue of our culture; or care about our culture to decide what is wrong with our children. Basically, they are coming to fill our children with their drugs. Our children do not need pharmaceutical drugs. They need healthy homes and safe communities to grow and enjoy their childhood. Those things will take away all their stresses. In my opinion, the majority of issues in the world comes from some of the psychologists; psychiatrists and social workers.

  42. june February 21, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    Well…I hope she is now convinced how ignorant some Bajans are.. based on their comments.


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