Mental Health In Trinidad and Tobago| Antoria Lynch

Hi my name is Antoria Lynch. I am 20 years of age and I reside in the beautiful isle of Trinidad and Tobago. I started blogging in October '17 and since then, not once was I disappointed with the decision I made to start. Linguistics and Literature teacher, spoken word poet, full-time blogger, and author are some of the main things I aspire to be in this life. But I'm currently going through the motions now, allowing God to steer me in all the right directions.

  • How are/were you affected by mental health?

In. Every. Aspect. Of. My. Life. Lmao no joke. I was diagnosed with MDD (Major Depressive Disorder) in July 2017; a total scare for me. When I was younger, I always suspected that I may have had depression but then I quickly dispelled the thought, thinking that I was probably being straight up swallowed by teenage angst. Being diagnosed threw me into an entirely different reality that I truly didn't want to be in. I had severe insomnia. I developed a slight addiction to alcohol and junk food. Dabbled in things I never thought I'd be part of like smoking weed and having safe sex. I even stopped praying and reading my Bible like I usually did. So yeah, it has affected me in almost every aspect of my life. I'm just trying to recover but it's really hard.

  • How are you being supported?

I hardly feel supported during this time of my life. My parents don't understand and that hurts me the most. Because these are the people that brought me into this world and this is where I expect most of the love and support in my life to come from. Some of my closest friends have tried to be there but I still feel like some of them really don't understand the full extent of my depression. I feel alone most times. Not even the doctor that I occasionally visit for my antidepressants supports me. She literally just shoves a prescription in my hand and rushes me off without really hearing about my symptoms and the side effects and so forth. So all of this makes me journey so much harder for me.

  • Do you feel that schools have the tools to support the youths suffering from mental health illnesses?

Can I answer this questions in one word? Lmao I guess not. No. No, there are absolutely no tools implemented in the school systems to help the youth who are suffering from mental health illnesses. First of all, the mere build of the system itself is already flawed and significantly impacts the mental health of our children in an extremely negative way. I applaud certain schools that are taking the initiative to implement counselors in the schools but I just believe that more can be done. More effort needs to be seen. Lol, that last line sounded like it came straight out of a report book!

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