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Domestic violence in the coronavirus era


By Annan Boodram – The Caribbean Voice People who are forced to self-isolate or follow mandated shelter-in-place orders are at risk of being trapped in abusive and coercive situations, isolated from the human and other resources that could help them. … Continue reading

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Coronavirus and your mental health


By Annan Boodram – The Caribbean Voice Panic, fear, uncertainty, anxiety, stress, depression, hopelessness, helplessness, cabin fever, frustration, disconnection, isolation, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, mood swings, inability to relax, feeling overwhelmed, loneliness, are among mental health issues related to the novel coronavirus … Continue reading

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Why ‘young’ boys should not be told to ‘man up’


By Annan Boodram – The Caribbean Voice Boys learn at a very young age about expected behaviors based on their gender and the concept of ‘man up’. We tell boys, “boys don’t cry”. We condition them from a very young … Continue reading

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Sexual assault perpetrators are usually family members and friends


By Annan Boodram – The Caribbean Voice Rape as a very specific physical form of violence against women and girls is rooted in a complex set of patriarchal beliefs, power, and control that continue to create a social environment in … Continue reading

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Boosting your self-esteem


Annan Boodram By Annan Boodram — The Caribbean Voice Glenn R. Schiraldi, Ph.D, author of The Self-Esteem Workbook, describes healthy self-esteem as a realistic, appreciative opinion of oneself — that is independent of externals that the marketplace values, such as wealth, education, health, status … Continue reading

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Saving lives, empowering people


By Annan Boodram, The Caribbean Voice and Aminta Kilawan-Narine, Sadhana. NEW YORK, USA — The traditional manner in which domestic violence activism and advocacy have occurred ­­­­­— focuses on building awareness and telling people what they ought or ought not … Continue reading

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The Papageno effect


By Annan Boodram – The Caribbean Voice Researchers have shown that even subtle changes in language can change reality (Borowditsky, 2011). Words can construct a reality of hope and acceptance, or despair and rejection. And when we’re talking about suicide, … Continue reading

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