Promoting Emotional Wellbeing
Caritas opened the Grand Bahama Resilience Center in March 2020 in Grand Bahama. The seven-room facility located in the Lucaya Shopping Plaza provides programs and activities for all ages, training services for the government and private sector, educational events, group therapy sessions, and for those interested in further support, some one-on-one counseling. In November 2020, a social worker was hired in Abaco, and services have extended to that island.
In November 2021, the organization officially became registered as the Bahamas Resilience Center providing services in the center in Grand Bahama and remotely to Abaco and the Bahamas at large.
The Resilience Center is about helping people adapt to change and stressful events in healthy and flexible ways. It aims to help community members understand and manage what are normal reactions to shocking and traumatic events, such as Hurricane Dorian and the Covid-19 pandemic. The Center also fills a long existing gap in much needed services for psychological and social support, providing another location for those experiencing problems in everyday life, while avoiding the stigma of hospital-based services. Specialized service aim to reduce mental distress and enhance and promote psychological wellbeing among the entire community.