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The Stigma of Getting Help!
The reality is there is a very negative stigma surrounding
mental health in the Bahamas, even now in 2018, when we have access to
so much in terms of medical treatment and other avenues to protect our
physical well being, many Bahamians still grapple with that stigma.
Recently, I had the opportunity to speak to someone who was struggling
with her life, it was suggested she seek professional help to help her
cope. She was not having it!
For whatever reason, many people are wary of what happens
behind the closed doors of a therapist's office. And let's be honest,
people have a difficult time admitting that they need professional help
because they don't want to be seen by others as "crazy," unfit, or
incapable of solving their life problems on their own.
But as the world has changed, so has how we handle those changes. Currently, the world
faces economic, social, and psychological crises, and unfortunately
women are bearing the brunt of the stress associated with these crises.
According to USA's, 'Psychology Today', women are not only reporting
more stress than men over money and the economy, they're also
experiencing more stress-related symptoms, such as headaches, fatigue,
irritability, and depression. In addition,
researchers at the Centre for Work-Life Policy recently discovered that
although men and women both report feeling stressed at work, women
disproportionately feel stress related to their families' well-being
because, unlike men, they see a direct link between the time they spend
at work and the negative effects on their families (more junk food, more
time in front of a TV, less parental supervision). And what does
prolonged stress lead to? Nothing good, that's for sure.
Unchecked stress increases the risk for serious illnesses,
including heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. It also can
lead to other problems, such as infertility, ulcers, sleep disturbances, chronic fatigue, severe depression, overeating, memory loss, substance abuse, and lowered productivity. These and other stress-related problems represent just some of the very real problems women are facing today.
The article we referenced went on to say, that it would be a
mistake to see this as a woman's issue. That men suffer just as much as
women do, and it's something everyone needs to address. These facts are
not less important here in our islands where we deal with many of these
same issues that they do in the USA.
People choose to go to therapy for all kinds of reasons. Some people are looking for more insight, more self-awareness,
and tools to improve their overall life satisfaction. People who choose
therapy may see the value in working on themselves and are insightful
enough to know if, and when they may be in over their heads. Life is
full of difficult events, decisions, and transitions. The idea that life
is meant to be managed solely on one's own is antiquated and misguided.
We all need help.
Seeking HELP, is not a bad thing, it's okay to say you are
not perfect or to seek advice. We all do it in our own ways, be it
through church, friends, or parents. Life in this modern world can be
hectic; most days, I can't remember if I was texted, WhatsApp'd or
messaged sometimes. Keeping up with technology, exercise, job, rent,
kids, cleaning...you name it - can be exhausting!
So, our advice, take a deep breath and seek help - it's okay!
Prime Minister applauds hemispheric focus upon tax information exchange
Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis said that The Bahamas is
pleased that the Lima Commitments are inclusive of tax information
exchange, which previously placed small island states at a disadvantage.
He was addressing the Plenary Session of the Eighth Summit of the Americas on Saturday
morning. The summit was held at the Lima Convention Centre from April
13-14, 2018 under the theme: "Democratic Governance Against Corruption."Read More
EARTHCARE at BMES Assembly" EARTH Day Plastic Pollution"
EARTHCARE's Founder, Gail Woon
addressed the BMES Assembly on April 17th 2018. Her topics were Earth
Day, Plastic Pollution and EARTHCARE. Earth Day is April 22nd.
"The first Earth Day was in 1970. Pollution was very bad, the air was
polluted. In the U.S. the rivers were so full of chemicals that were
dumped by industries that they would regularly catch on fire. Read More
RECORD YOUNG JUNIORS IN TOURNAMENT AT LLEYTON HEWITT TENNIS ACADEMY
In the second of the
Winterbotham IC Junior Series for 10's and 12's there were record
numbers participating in this young group of developing players. So it
was a busy weekend at The Lleyton Hewitt Tennis Academy at Albany for
the first Bahamian Tennis Tournament to be held there. Read More
Ladies take the High Seas for Annual Fishing Tournament
The highly anticipated Bahamas Rotary Tuna Classic
returned in grand style last weekend, as teams of fishing enthusiasts
took to the high seas for two days of friendly competition. Now in its
sixteenth year, the 2018 Tuna Tournament saw thirteen teams from around
the country, battle it out in various categories including largest
dolphin, Wahoo and tuna and then the coveted Grand Slam. Read More
Issues with High Rock seawall need to be fixed
In visiting two seawalls in East Grand Bahama on Friday, April 13,
Minister of Public Works the Hon. Desmond Bannister, while pleased with
the seawall in Smith's Point, was displeased with the work on the
seawall in High Rock.
Before the Minister had a chance to inspect the High Rock seawall,
students from the East End Primary School were on hand to welcome him
with a song. Following this, the Minister gave the students words of
encouragement, stating that readers are leaders.Read More
The Bahamas must plan beyond the EU Blacklist
The decision of the European Union Code of Conduct Group (COCG) to
recommend to the Economic and Financial Affairs (ECOFIN) Council that
The Bahamas should be removed from the list of non-cooperative
jurisdictions for tax purposes is a welcome development. The
announcement that our removal from the blacklist is expected to be
approved and made official by the ECOFIN Council by May 25, 2018 is good news.Read More
Tesla City Tours unveils the future of luxury cars
Without a doubt, the future has come to Grand Bahama with the
launch of Bahamas Vacationer's Tesla City Tours, offering an exclusive
line of luxury with the introduction of the Tesla Model X.
Apex International Marketing Group of Companies, the parent company
of Bahamas Vacationer, unveiled this sleek seven-seater electric SUV in
black and white at its launch ceremony on April 6th and car show on
April 7th, 2018.Read More
Oasis Sandyport Celebrates One Year, Young Designer Adds Africa by Camel to Shopping Safaris
When most buyers shop for their clients or shops, they take a
plane, a car and book a night or two in a good hotel to recover from
Brooke Phillips took a camel and headed for the hills of a faraway
African village. She's slogged across rough terrain on mules, hiked
hills, trekked to remote villages in Vietnam, ridden a rescue elephant
in Thailand, hired translators in Indonesia and racked up memories and
miles to last a lifetime, all in the name of making a difference in the
world of small business retail. Read More
NEMA Receives $22,500 From Baha Mar
Director of NEMA, Captain Stephen Russell accepted a cheque in the
amount of $22,500 on behalf of The National Emergency Management Agency
which was presented by the President of Baha Mar, Mr. Graeme Davis on
Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 2 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt Entrance.
The donated funds were raised during the 2017 Necker Cup: A tennis
tournament hosted annually by the Founder of Virgin, Sir Richard
Branson. This tournament is normally held in the British Virgin Islands
on Sir Richard Branson's own "Necker Island".Read More
BAHAMAS POWER AND LIGHT SELECTS SHELL NA and its AFFILIATES TO CONSTRUCT NEW GENERATION PLANT
Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) is pleased to announce that Shell NA
LNG LLC & Affiliates (Shell NA) has been awarded the contract to
lead a consortium to build a new Generation and LNG Plant at Clifton
Pier. Shell NA which is headquartered in The Netherlands and operational
in Texas is among the largest global energy marketers and traders,
providing a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and
services. Nineteen (19) companies passed the vetting process but in
BPL's Board's opinion Shell NA provided the best solution for the
company's new direction and its commitment to renewable energy. This
direction is in full compliance with the Government's mandate to meet
the 2030 National Energy Policy.Read More
From The Office Of The Leader of the Opposition
On The Prime Minister "Bad Mouthing" The Bahamas While Abroad
The Prime Minister just does not know what to say when speaking on
our behalf overseas. He has been to South America and now in Europe and
at each stop along the way, he told the world that The Bahamas is a
corrupt place in which to do business.
This bad mouthing of our country shows that common sense is not
common. To support his unfounded allegations of a corrupt country, he
claimed that 200 million dollars was lost to corruption. Read More
Local Execs meet at Chamber Monthly Mix and Mingle
GBPA Exec, Rupert Hayward,
joined local Grand Bahama Chamber members at their monthly Mix and
Mingle held last week, hosted by Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC).
Hayward spent some time introducing new GBPC President and COO, Dave
McGregor to visiting Deep Water Cay (DWC) owner, Paul Vahldiek and his
GM, Joe Bunton. The event was hosted at the newly rebranded Flying Fish
Gastro Bar, located in Lucaya, Freeport and was filled to capacity with
local business owners who came out to meet McGregor and his team.
Pictured (left to right) are; Joe Bunton, Dave McGregor, Paul Vahldiek,
and Rupert Hayward. Read More
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April 19th, 2018
World Trade Organization: A Special Public Meeting 6:00pm at Harry C. Moore Library (UB)
April 21st, 2018
The Atlantic Medical Fun Walk/Run
April 21st, 2018
National Park Day 8:00am - 4:00pm at The Retreat, Village Road
April 28th, 2018
Fidelity Bank - Women Only FREE Seminar 8:30am - 1:30pm at Baha Mar Convention Center
April 28th, 2018
Blue Tie Shindig 6:30pm at Superclubs Breezes Ballroom
April 21st, 2018
Earth Day 2018- National Park Day at Lucayan National Park
April 24th, 2018
GBPA Contractors Workshop Part 4 6:30pm at Rand Nature Centre
April 24th, 2018
Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament
April 25th, 2018
Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce Monthly Business Meeting12:30pm at Delphine Room, Pelican Bay Hotel
April 28th, 2018
Da Local Fresh Market 9:00 am-1:00 pm at Rand Nature Centre
April 30th, 2018
Direct Assistance Grant Scheme sensitization workshop 9:00am - 4:0pm at Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce Office
May 3rd - 4th, 2018
3rd Annual Global Unity Summit8:00am - 8:30m at Pelican Bay Hotel
April 19th-28th, 2018
Abaco Anglers 48th Annual Fishing Tournament
April 22nd, 2018
Earth Day Festival Festival at Governor's Harbour
April 24th, 2018
National Family Island Regatta at Elizabeth Harbour, Georgetown, The Exumas