Monthly Jazz Event Highlights Local Artists, Supports Education

Dozens of people sat rapt on Saturday at The Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts (CMCArts), as they listened to the smooth sounds of local musicians, Eddie Russell and Friends. It’s all part of the Jazz at the Museum concert series offered free every month by CMCArts, and according to the museum’s board chair president,... Continue Reading →

Local Festival Keeps Christmas Tradition Going

https://spark.adobe.com/video/01YZ8pvsjs0qK/embed Hundreds of people came out Saturday to support the 11thannual Coquito Festival at the LaReine Chicken Shack in St. Croix.  According to Angel Diaz, one of the LaReine Chicken Shack’s co-owners, it’s an event that started as a way to give back to the community, and evolved when a suggestion was made to incorporate a... Continue Reading →

St. Croix Initiative To Give Homeless Individuals A Real Christmas

Ten Thousand Helpers of St. Croix, Inc. has been a beacon of light for men who may be homeless or suffer with mental illness. It’s a program that gives those individuals a second chance at life.  Malik Stridiron is the program director for Ten Thousand Helpers, and he’s been working for more than a decade to... Continue Reading →

Local NAMI Chapter to Take More Active Stance in Mental Health Care Advocacy

The issue of mental health has taken a back seat for decades in the Virgin Islands (VI), but recent concerns raised by local residents during the political campaign season brought it to the forefront. Several candidates on St. Croix used their campaigns to focus on mental health, and two of them, Senator-elect Alicia Barnes and Senator-elect... Continue Reading →

Federal Funding Received Critical for Mental Health Services in the VI

Frederiksted Health Care (FHC) in the U.S. Virgin Islands (VI) is one of several hundred community health centers across the nation that was awarded federal funds to address the substance abuse disorders and mental health challenges in the VI Territory.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on its website in June... Continue Reading →

Proposed Law Aims To Create A Mental Health Facility On St. Croix

Senator Novelle E. Francis, Jr., is working on a bill that would give St. Croix something it desperately needs….a behavioral health care facility.  The lawmaker is the primary sponsor, and one of four senators working to move bill number 32-0247, an act that would designate three million dollars to build a facility to help people... Continue Reading →

Local Organization Takes Family-to-Family Approach Addressing Mental Illness

Aminah Saleem said she knew she had hit on something big when she first learned about NAMI and the support it provides for caregivers of people with mental illness. “When I saw the Family to Family class, I thought, wow this is great. This is a class that will train other family members who have loved... Continue Reading →

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