VWSU initiates crisis intervention for Beetham family

Family members of a 13-year-old girl, who was found dead at her Beetham Gardens home on Tuesday, are receiving psychological support from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS).

The teenager was found dead in her bedroom by her aunt at about 8:45 pm on Tuesday. She was last seen alive about an hour before. It is alleged that the youngster may have completed suicide. An autopsy was ordered to determine the exact cause of her death.

According to an official statement from the TTPS, officers of the Victim and Witness Support Unit (VWSU), Port-of-Spain Division, currently are providing counselling support to the child’s relatives during their period of grief and in transitioning through the understandably, difficult time ahead.

The VWSU points out that the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially the uncertainties of the crisis, can be very stressful on families.

The Unit is encouraging families to be mindful of the signs of stress and depression among children, in particular, as well as in adults.

The VWSU reminds citizens that its counselling support services remain accessible to all who require assistance in this time.

Citizens in need of counselling services are strongly urged to contact the VWSU via telephone at 612-2577, or any other similar national agency throughout the country.