Sponsoring Organization/Entity:

International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP

International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP)

Deputy Premier of the Cayman Islands

Ministry District Administration Tourism and Transport -Cayman Islands

Health City Cayman Islands

Cayman National

Fidelity - Cayman Islands

Dart - Cayman Islands

Greenlight RE - Cayman Islands

Butterfield - Cayman Islands

Cayman Airways - Cayman Islands

Foster's Food Fair IGA - Cayman Islands

Tower - Cayman Islands

St. Matthew's University - Cayman Islands


Syngenta Global

Syngenta Global







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The Westin Hotel - Regional Symposium

Thursday 3 DecemberGovenor's Ballroom
9.00am - 9.30amOpening Ceremony
Prof Ella ArensmanIASP President
Dr Loraine Barnaby IASP Co-Chair of the Council of National Representatives
Hon Franz MandersonThe Acting Governor, Deputy Governor & Head of the Civil Services of the Cayman Islands
Hon Moses I. KirkconnellJP, MLA Deputy Premier and Minister of District Administration, Tourism & Transport (DAT&T)
Mr Roy McTaggartJP, MLA Councillor to the Minister of Home Affairs & Health
9.30 – 11.00 Opening Plenary Sponsored by Cayman Islands Government Ministry of District Administration, Tourism and Transport
ChairProf Ella Arensman
Dr Loraine Barnaby (Jamaica) Suicide in the Caribbean Region
Prof Brian Mishara (Canada) Best practise in suicide prevention
11.00 – 11.30 Coffee Break  
11.30 – 12.30 Symposium 1  
ChairDr Ricardo Haarloo
Dr Verrol Simmons (Trinidad)Epidemiology of para-suicide in Trinidad & Tobago 2008-2012
Dr Beatriz Corona Miranda (Cuba)Epidemiology of suicide, Cuba, 2005-2014
Dr Jorge Tomas Balseiro (Guyana)Profile of Suicidal Behavior in Guyana: A retrospective study 2010 - 2012
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch 
13.30 – 15.00 Symposium 2 Sponsored by Royal Fidelity
ChairProf Tobi Graafsma
Prof Ella Arensman (Ireland)CBT interventions among children and adolescents who engage in self-harm
Mrs Eleanor Bennett (Belize)Incorporation of an Electronic Suicide Attempt Notification System in Suicide Prevention Response
Dr Fauzia Poese (Suriname)Characteristics of suicide attempters in Suriname
Dr Donovan Thomas (Jamaica)Assessing Suicide Risk among Jamaican Teenagers
15.00 – 15.30 Coffee Break 
15.30 – 17.00 Plenary 2 
ChairProf Brian Mishara
Dr Jo Robinson (Australia)The role of new media in youth suicide prevention
Prof Jane Pirkis (Australia)Media campaigns designed to prevent suicide in young people
Friday 4 DecemberGovenor's Ballroom
9:00am – 10.30am Plenary 3Sponsored by Health City
ChairProf Tobi Graafsma
Prof Ella Arensman(Ireland)Suicide Clustering and Contagion in Young People: Early Identification and Responding
Prof Brian Mishara (Canada)Building resilience in young children to prevent suicide later in life: two promising programmes for primary schools
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break  
11.00 – 12.30 Symposium 3Sponsored by Harneys
ChairDr Verrol Simmons
Dr Loraine Barnaby (Jamaica)Youth Suicide in Jamaica – Persisting or Emerging Phenomenon?
Mrs Paulette Henry (Guyana)Examining Murder and Suicide in Guyana
Dr Rachel Merlet (French Guiana)Suicidal behaviours in Amerindian villages of the upper Maroni in French Guiana
Ms Debby Wilson Danard (Canada)Pathways to Life: An Aboriginal (Ojibway) Perspective
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch 
13.30 – 13.50 Special Session  
Mr Fitzroy Williams (Jamaica)Perspective of a Father’s Heart from Losing a Daughter by Suicide
13.50 – 15.00 Symposium 4Sponsored by Cayman Airways
ChairProf Ella Arensman
Prof Jane Pirkis (Australia)Interventions to prevent suicides by young people and adults at known suicide 'hotspots'
Dr Ricardo Haarloo (Suriname)Suriname and suicidality: towards a comprehensive suicide prevention strategy
Dr Jorge Tomas Balserio (Guyana)A Guyanese experience of working towards a National Suicide Prevention Plan
15.00 – 15.30 Coffee Break 
15.30 – 17.00 Panel DiscussionSponsored by Cayman National
ChairDr Loraine Barnaby
Topic: Protecting our Youth: Suicide Prevention & Intervention in the Cayman Islands 
Mrs Lucille Bodden (Cayman Islands) Social Worker, Dept. of Children and Family Services (DCFS)
Dr Nigel Boothe (Grand Cayman)Consultant Emergency Physician, Health Services Authority (HSA
Rev Dr Dave Hazle (Grand Cayman)Minister for the United Church of Grand Cayman and Chaplain Cayman Prep and High
Dr Arline McGill (Cayman Islands)Consultant Psychiatrist, Psychiatry and Behavioural Health Service, HSA OutPatient Clinic, Cayman Islands Hospital
Det Sgt Michelle Miller (Grand Cayman)Police Officer, Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS), Family Support Unit, Grand Cayman
Friday Evening 4 December 2015Sponsored by DART
18.00 – 19.30 Drinks and Canapés in the Galleon Ballroom  
Saturday 5 December 2015Galleon Ballroom
9.00am – 10.30am Restricted Access Symposium  
ChairDr Loraine Barnaby/Prof Brian Mishara
Dr Ricardo Haarloo & Prof Tobi Graafsma (Suriname)A Follow up on the 1st Caribbean Regional Symposium and the Restricted Access programme.
Plenary 4 
Dr Verrol Simmons (Trinidad and Tobago)Restricted Access: The Role of Poison Centres in Suicide Mitigation – Trinidad & Tobago Experience
Symposium 5 
Mrs Paulette Henry (Guyana)A Review of the Pesticide Control Framework for Suicide Prevention in Guyana: A Gap Analysis
Prof Tobi Graafsma (Suriname)Effects of Paraquat on infant neurodevelopment, a study in Suriname
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break 
11.00 – 12.30 Round Table Discussion 
ChairDr Loraine Barnaby
Topic: The future direction of suicide prevention: restricting access to pesticides 
12.30 – 13.00 Closing Remarks 
Dr Loraine BarnabyIASP Co-Chair of the Council National Representatives
Hon Osbourne BoddenMLA, Minister of Community Affairs, Youth and Sport
Prof Jane PirkisIASP General Secretary
Full Day Thursday 3 December & Friday 4 December 2015Govenor's Ballroom
Poster Presentations  
Presenter/CountryAbstract Title
Dr Nancy Sitchao (Guyana)Characteristics of suicide behaviour in cases reported at Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation in 2014
Dr Meenawattie Rajkumar (Guyana)National Suicide Prevention Plan: A Guyanese experience for a national strategy
Dr Jorge Tomas Balseiro (Guyana)Factors associated to suicidal behaviour in Guyan
Dr Donovan Thomas (Jamaica)'Happiness: The Ultimate Antidote to Suicide'