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One in ten people in the workplace
suffers from mental illness and one of
the root causes is the attitude of man-
agement towards workers.
Making the statements yesterday was
Dr Varma Deyalsingh, secretary of the
Association of Psychiatrists, who was
speaking on the topic Addressing metal
illnesses in the workplace.
He spoke at a seminar at the Employers
Solution Centre, Aranguez.
Deyalsingh said depression involved
feelings of sadness, despair and helpless-
Saying mental illness had many faces,
Deyalsingh added: "You can have someone
coming into the workplace looking sad
and you can have someone else coming
in hearing voices and being paranoid,
thinking their colleagues are against them
and always bad-talking them."
Stress in the workplace was another
factor which must be closely monitored,
as this could not only be transmitted to
the home but could lead to a host of ill-
nesses, such as hypertension.
"Everyone experiences some degree of
stress, but it is how it affects us socially,
how it affects our relationship with our
colleagues, and with those in the home,
that we have to look at," Delaysingh said.
"Stress in the workplace is also related
to stress in the home...You cannot isolate
one from the other."
He added that other causes of depres-
sion in the workplace could result from
the job itself, working conditions and rela-
tionships in that environment.
To reduce depression in the workplace,
Deyalsingh added, an action plan was
needed which must firstly identify the
problem, source the background of the
problem and how it was discovered and
then identify the remedial action required
and reasons for the action.
Managers must also be sensitive to
issues of female employees especially when
menstruating, he said.
"The boss may have to know during
that time not to give any added assign-
ments," Deyalsingh said.
"We also need to educate men about
this, because a lot of them complain that
their wives are very grumpy, very irritable,
and you have to agree with everything
The area where someone lives could
also lead to depression.
"It is found that people who have lower
socio-economic class may have a higher
risk of depression. The environment in
which we live in would also affect our
mental illness," Deyalsingh added.
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As her 16-year-old son appeared
yesterday in the Couva Magistrates
Court for the murder of schoolboy
Renaldo Dixon, Tricia Bruce pub-
licly apologised to the slain boy s
Bruce spoke with the media in
front of the Couva Magistrates
Court minutes after the police
brought her son Jonathan Bruce to
The mother, who was accompa-
nied by attorney Mervyn Mitchell,
said she did not apologise earlier
because she had received death
Jonathan, a Form Five student at
the Waterloo Secondary School, was
arrested last week Monday after
Dixon, a Form Three student, was
stabbed to death at the school dur-
ing an argument during the morning
Dixon, 14, of Chase Village,
Chaguanas, was pronounced dead
at the Freeport Health Facility.
Both boys had exams that day.
Dixon was writing National Cer-
tificate of Secondary Examination
while Jonathan was writing
Caribbean Secondary Education
Jonathan, of Freeport, was
charged on Monday night by Sgt
Andy Mohammed after instructions
from the Director of Public Pros-
He hid his face with a towel as
police led him into the courthouse.
Outside the court, Bruce told
reporters: "I am making a public
apology to the child s parents, the
child s family and to everybody who
concerns him, for my son s involve-
ment in this."
She said she did not send con-
dolences earlier because she had
received death threats.
Told that Dixon s mother said she
held no animosity towards her,
Bruce said, "She did not know what
was going on, sir."
She also distanced her church,
Bethel House of God, from any
involvement in the matter.
Jonathan said nothing when Sen-
ior Magistrate Indra Ramoo-Haynes
read the murder charge to him. She
told him he was not entitled to bail
and would remain in custody until
"I have to say that whenever I
read a charge of murder to a son
by another (son) it diminishes all
As Jonathan was walking out of
the courtroom he looked at his
mother, who was in court, and she
waved at him. Dixon s relatives were
not seen in court.
Jonathan was remanded to the
Youth Training Centre to reappear
on July 2.
Talks on mental illness in the workplace...
Works and Infrastructure Minister Dr
Surajrattan Rambachan says he is yet to meet
with Deputy Commissioner of Police Mervyn
Richardson over the contentious e-mails
revealed in Parliament by Opposition Leader
Dr Keith Rowley.
Rambachan was expected to meet with
Richardson on Monday. However, speaking
with reporters yesterday at the sod-turning
ceremony for the $18 million Brickfield
Tabaquite Packing House, Rambachan, said:
"Mr Richardson was busy yesterday."
Yesterday, Rambachan welcomed reports
that foreign information technology experts
were coming to help authenticate the e-mails.
"I think that the best talent should be used
to get to the bottom of this matter," he said.
"This is a very serious matter, where people
have made serious claims against ministers
of government and even the Prime Minister.
I think it is very important that the best
resources be used in order to get to the bottom
He agreed with the position taken by mem-
bers of the Privileges Committee not to speak
to the media about their meeting on Monday
on the e-mail scandal.
Persad-Bissessar had referred Rowley to the
committee, arguing he committed contempt
of the House by misleading it and recklessly
abused parliamentary privilege.
Rambachan said: "All of the information is
confidential. I think that should be respected.
That is the process."
blame on bosses
Secretary of the Association of Psychiatrists of T&T
Dr Varma Deyalsingh speaks at yesterday's
discussion on depression and mental illness at the
Employers Consultative Association, Aranguez.
PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
Student on murder charge in court...
Mom apologises to victim's family
Suruj yet to meet with e-mail probers
Tricia Bruce outside the Couva Magistrates Court yesterday.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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