Khan: Children of the incarcerated, the invisible group

For­mer Health Min­is­ter Dr Fuad Khan has called on his suc­ces­sor Ter­rence Deyals­ingh to pay spe­cial at­ten­tion to the chil­dren of in­car­cer­at­ed peo­ple.

 

The call came in light of the dis­cus­sion sur­round­ing men­tal health and what tran­spired at an Arou­ca fa­cil­i­ty last week where 69 peo­ple were re­moved due to what was de­scribed by po­lice as in­hu­mane con­di­tions.

Speak­ing dur­ing the Bud­get de­bate in the Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day Dr Khan spoke of an in­vis­i­ble group.

“There is an in­vis­i­ble group in this coun­try who suf­fer from se­ri­ous men­tal health but they don’t get help, who are these peo­ple? These are the chil­dren of in­car­cer­at­ed par­ents.”

He said be­cause they are un­der the age of 18 the vis­it­ing rights are al­most non-ex­is­tent.

 

He said if left unchecked such peo­ple could end up down the wrong path.

“They are lan­guish­ing out­side Madam Speak­er, they are sev­en times more like­ly to be­come tru­ants as com­pared to the nor­mal child. These chil­dren of in­car­cer­at­ed par­ents we need to look at be­cause there is a high pop­u­la­tion in the jails it­self.”

He said men­tal­ly they feel de­fi­cient, they feel ashamed and they look for out­lets and the out­lets that they look for are ei­ther al­co­hol, gang re­lat­ed ac­tiv­i­ties, sub­stance abuse and they be­come tru­ant.

He called on the Min­is­ter of Health “to ded­i­cate a place for those chil­dren to go to.”

He agreed with Min­is­ter Deyals­ingh that the St Ann’s Psy­chi­atric hos­pi­tal is no longer suf­fi­cient to treat with the men­tal health is­sues fac­ing the na­tion.

 

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Story by CHESTER SAMBRANO

 

 

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