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






Plenary Speakers, Symposium Speakers and Poster Presenters

Plenary Speakers:

Dr Loraine Barnaby

Dr Loraine Barnaby, MB.BS. DM Psych (UWI) MPH (Hons) (Yale). F.A.P.A. is a Jamaican Consultant Psychiatrist. She is the IASP National Representative for Jamaica sits as Co-Chair of the Council of National Representatives on the Board of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP).

She is a member of the IASP Media Task force and collaborated with the team in the preparations for the booklet “Preventing Suicide: a Resource for Media Professionals”. She is also a member of the IASP Special Interest Groups on Culture and Suicidal behaviour and Suicidal Behaviour in Adolescents.

She was Director of Jamaica’s Community Mental Health Service prior to working in the Bahamas, and then lecturing at the UWI. Retired, she last worked as part–time consultant at the Cayman Islands Hospital.

Professor Brian Mishara

Professor Brian Mishara, Psychology Professor and Director of the Centre for Research and Intervention on Suicide and Euthanasia at the Université du Québec à Montréal, is also Vice-chair of the Trustees of the helpline network, Befrienders Worldwide. Internationally renowned researcher in suicidologie, he has written several books on different topics, e.g. Understanding Suicide (Comprendre le suicide), and New Technologies in Suicide Prevention. A founder of Suicide Action Montreal, the Montreal suicide prevention centre, and the Quebec Association for Suicide Prevention, he was president of the International Association for Suicide Prevention and the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention and consults and conducts suicide prevention training internationally.

Dr Jo Robinson

Dr Jo Robinson is a Senior Research Fellow at Orygen the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health where she leads a program of work focused upon the prevention of youth suicide. She is also Australia’s national representative to the International Association of Suicide Prevention. Jo previously coordinated the research and evaluation program at headspace School Support, a national suicide postvention service for secondary schools affected by a student suicide.

Jo currently oversees a number of projects, including a randomized controlled trial examining the effects of an internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy program on suicidal ideation among secondary school students, and a suite of studies examining the potential utility of social media platforms in suicide prevention. Other studies include the evaluation of a universal education program for high school students and a Delphi study examining best practice with regard to responding to a suicide in a school setting.

Professor Jane Pirkis

Professor Jane Pirkis is the Director of the Centre for Mental Health at the University of Melbourne. She is also the General Secretary of the International Association for Suicide Prevention. She has worked in the suicide prevention field for 20 years, and is well known for her work on suicide and the media. Recently, she has undertaken a number of projects looking at ways of harnessing the media to achieve positive results in suicide prevention. Jane’s research achievements have been recognised by a number of awards, including the Commonwealth Fund’s 2001 Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy and Suicide Prevention Australia’s 2010 Lifetime Research Award.

Professor Ella Arensman

Professor Ella Arensman, MSc PhD, is Director of Research with the National Suicide Research Foundation (NSRF) and Adjunct Professor with the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College Cork, Ireland. She is President of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and Vice-President of the European Alliance Against Depression (EAAD).

She has been involved in research and prevention into suicide and self-harm over the last 28 years, with a particular emphasis on risk and protective factors associated with suicide and self-harm, clustering and contagion of suicidal behaviour, and effectiveness of suicide prevention and self-harm intervention programs.

She has been involved in numerous international research consortia, such as the WHO/Euro Multicentre study on Suicidal Behaviour, Optimised Suicide Prevention Programmes and their Implementation in Europe (OSPI-Europe), Preventing Depression and Increasing Awareness through Networking in the EU (PREDI-NU), and Mental Health Training through Research Network in Europe (MARATONE).

Dr. Verrol Simmons

Dr. Verrol Simmons started his professional career as a forensic/analytical toxicologist. He has since expanded his knowledge base to include clinical toxicology. He has Masters degrees from Loughborough University in England and Strathclyde University in Scotland and a Doctorate from the University of the West Indies. Dr. Simmons is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the University of the West Indies St. Augustine Campus in Trinidad, where he lectures in Toxicology to veterinary, medical and pharmacy students. Since 2001 he has directed the Trinidad and Tobago National Poison Centre which he co-founded with Professor Lexley Pinto-Pereira. His research interests have centered on the application of modern instrumental techniques to the detection of substances of interest relative to a wide spectrum of human activities, ranging from sports through health and extending to crime.

Symposium Speakers & Poster Presenters:

Professor Tobi Graafsma

Dr Tobi Graafsma, is professor in clinical psychology at the Institute for Graduate Studies and Research of the Anton de Kom University of Suriname. He also works at the Medical Psychology department of the Dr. Lachmipersad Mungra District Hospital in Nickerie. He is a psychoanalyst.

Dr Ricardo Haarloo

Dr. Ricardo Haarloo, M.D. is a psychiatrist and works at the Psychiatric Center Suriname in Paramaribo. He chairs the first National Scientific Committee for Suicide Prevention in Suriname.

Mrs Eleanor Bennett

Mrs Eleanor Bennett is the nursing administrator for mental health at the Ministry of Health in Belize. She has been in the nursing profession for 25 years; 15 of those years she has been as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Together with her nursing administrator responsibilities, she also provides leadership for the Belize National Mental Health Program.

Dr Beatriz Corona Miranda

Dr Beatriz Corona Miranda is an Assistant Professor with a Masters in Environmental Health working at National Institute of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Microbiology in Havana, Cuba.

Mr Fitzroy Williams

Mr Fitzroy Williams is an International Development Specialist with over 20 years’ experience at a senior level. He has worked with the Governments of Jamaica and Montserrat, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, Caribbean Development Bank, as well as several International companies. He currently works as the CEO of the Jamaica Railway Corporation, one of the oldest railways in the world. His most treasured accomplishment was being father to three beautiful children: Debra-Ann, Jodi-Ann and Jon-Asher, from his 32 years of marriage to Constance. Jodi-Ann was lost on April 14, to suicide.

Dr Rachel Merlet

Dr Rachel Merlet is an anthropologist and a Latin America expert for the International Work Group for indigenous Affairs (GITPA/IWGIA). She is involved in the supervision, implementation and evaluation of Indigenous communities sociocultural and health development programs in the North and South America for more than 15 years.

Dr Jorge Tomas Balseiro

Dr Jorge Tomas Balseiro Estevez, MD, MSc is a Graduate of Doctor in Medicine, in the University Medical Sciences of Camaguey, Cuba, 1981, a Specialist in Public Health (1993) who has worked in public health at different levels including in the position of Director of Public Health in the province of Camagüey.

Paulette Henry

Mrs Paulette Henry, M. Sc.; B. Soc. Sc. (S.W.); Cert. in Gender Studies, currently serves as Head of the Department of Sociology and Interim–Director of the Institute for Gender Studies at the University of Guyana.

Debby Wilson Danard

Ms Debby Wilson Danard, Ph.D (candidate), (M.Ed, B.Ed, B.A. with distinction) is an Anishinaabekwe, sturgeon clan member from Manitou Rapids, Rainy River First Nations in Northwestern Ontario. She is a traditional knowledge keeper, teacher, artist, water ambassador, academic and life promotion activist.

Dr Fauzia Poese

Dr Fauzia Poese, MD, MPH, has a Master of Science in Public health at Faculty of Medical Sciences in Suriname in collaboration with the Tulane University, New Orleans, USA.

Thomas Donovan

Dr Thomas Donovan is Founder and President of Choose Life International (CLI), a non-profit organization registered in Jamaica in June 2008. He is a former National Director of Jamaica Youth For Christ, a post he held for 14 years, and a past Regional Director for Youth For Christ International in the Caribbean.

Dr. Meenawattie Rajkumar

Dr. Meenawattie Rajkumar is a 33 years old Guyanese born General Medical Practitioner and aspiring Psychiatrist working at the Psychiatry Department of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, Guyana. Dr. Rajkumar is currently pursuing her Masters Degree of Public Health at the University of Guyana.

Dr Nancy Sitchao

Dr Nancy Sitchao from Havana City, Cuba is a Graduate of Medicine from Havana University, a Postgraduate in Pathology; she has obtained First, Second and Master Degrees in Science of Traditional Medicine and has also a full grade Professor Degree in the teaching field. She has obtained a certificate of competence in the English Language from the University of Guyana, is a member of the Cuban Pathology Scientific Society and the Latin American Pathology Society. She has worked at the Medical and Surgical University Hospital and the Latin American School of Medicine at Havana and is presently working at the Pathology National Reference Department in Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, Guyana.