Support Services for the Community


Today the Government advised of a series of additional counselling services to support those affected by recent community tragedies. 

The Minister of Health, the Hon. Kim Wilson, JP, MP, said, “We wish to echo the heartfelt sympathies and condolences that have been expressed to the family, loved ones and friends of those who lost their lives this past weekend. As indicated by the Premier, the Hon. David Burt, JP, MP, this has been a deeply tragic loss that has shocked our entire community. Its impact is being felt throughout the island, and naturally, with such a devastating event, there will be effects on individuals, especially the children who may have had close ties with the deceased. In times like these, it is essential to unite as a community and support one another.

“The Ministry of Health takes this opportunity to reassure residents that help is available for those struggling to cope with this current situation or any mental health issues. We encourage anyone in need of support to reach out to the following agencies:

  • Mid Atlantic Wellness Institute Mainline: 239-1111 which connects to a 24-hour Mental Health crisis line, or persons can call 236-3770.
  • Red Cross Psychosocial First Aider: Call 236-8253 between 9am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.
  • The Family Centre offers a range of resources and support for parents and children experiencing grief. They have a Grief Support Tip Sheet for Parents, which covers various topics such as creating a supportive environment, memorial activities for children, talking about a tragic death, managing fears and anxieties, recognizing and addressing grief in children, and seeking professional help. To access therapeutic grief support for children between the ages of 4-18 years old, please call the Family Centre at 232-1116 and ask to speak with a screener.


“If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please call 9-11 at any time. We encourage individuals to contact these organizations for advice and support.”

And the Minister of Youth, Social Development and Seniors, the Hon. Tinee Furbert JP, MP added, "The Ministry also extends our deepest condolences to all family members impacted by the recent tragedies. Our thoughts are with the family and community at this time. The Department of Child and Family Services’ Counselling Team specialises in crisis and grief counselling for children and parents and are available to provide counselling services if needed. Please contact us on 278-9111."