Mental Health In Grenada

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I am clinically depressed. So essentially I suffer from a mental health illness..
Support is relative to understanding what clinical depression is and since the majority of people around me do not understand I do not get much support..Even some of those that do understand enough to support me don’t really know how to act around me sometimes because my depression does affect my relationship with others. 

In terms of schools and their support system. Every school does have a counselor but students wouldn’t willingly go to a counselor to speak about their problems or even just to talk in general. This is because there is usually no student counselor confidentiality. So basically students don’t trust the counselors. On top of that. I feel like our teachers need to be educated about mental health illness and how they affect our students emotionally and academically. 

Parents on the other hand; because their generation in general (specifically in the Caribbean) never really acknowledged mental illnesses other than dementia or Alzheimer’s disease aren’t very sympathetic towards children(even if it’s theirs) who suffer from mental health illnesses like bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, and etcetera. Some of those above-mentioned parents I’m sure may have even suffered from depression since it’s one of the most common mental health illnesses, and their parents who were also not educated well enough would have completely overlooked it.