Depression is a common mental disorder that affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries.
The risk of becoming depressed is increased by poverty, unemployment, life events such as the death of a loved one or a relationship break-up, physical illness and problems caused by alcohol and drug use. Untreated depression can prevent people from working and participating in family and community life. Talking with people you trust can be a first step towards recovery from depression.
As many of our island nations grapple with a startling increase in suicides in our region, there is a need for us as a people to be more vigilant to those around us who may be suffering from depression in silence. In partnership with the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), the Caribbean Media Alliance presents three stories, by Caribbean women who are ready to talk about living with depression.
Nelita Carrilo, Belize
Suzanne Mills, Trinidad and Tobago
Magaret Gill, Barbados