Trinidad & Tobago
The problem with determining depression in Trinidad and Tobago is that research is limited. A study looked at 14-18 year-olds in 2003 which showed that the last 10% of the population was depressed. By 2013, the government determined that over 50,000 of the population were living with depression. But are there steps in place to handle it? There is still a stigma around mental health, with a lot of traditional beliefs centered around depression. Many people don’t even believe that depression is a real thing, while others are convinced it is called “obeah” or witchcraft. Getting rid of this stigma and educating people on the realness of depression can open the eyes of not only those who are diagnosed but also their family members.