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Preventing Teen Relationship Violence: The ‘Healthy Relationships’ Campaign
By Kirk Johnson
May 30, 2013 - 12:52:57 PM

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Healthy Relationships Educators Kirk Johnson and Antoinette Lewis-Deveaux speak with twelfth graders at Arthur’s Town High School in Arthur’s Town, Cat Island.

Cat Island, Bahamas - With a focus on providing teens with the tools they need to build healthy relationships and avoid unhealthy ones, a team of Healthy Relationship Educators with the Bahamas Crisis Centre recently traveled to Cat Island to speak with high school students.

Talk show host ‘Mr. Matters of the Heart’ Kirk Johnson and psychologist Antoinette Lewis- Deveaux, attached to the Ministry of Education, met with tenth and twelfth graders of Arthur’s Town and Old Bight High schools to talk about teen relationship violence, self-confidence, sexting and other life issues teens are experiencing.

Seniors at Old Bight High School pose with Kirk Johnson and Antoinette Lewis-Deveaux, Healthy Relationship Educators from the Bahamas Crisis Center.

The ‘Healthy Relationships’ campaign is a project of The Bahamas Crisis Centre led by its director, Dr. Sandra Dean Patterson in partnership with the Department of Social Services, Volunteer Bahamas, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Rotary Bahamas and other community advocates.

The ongoing initiative uses role plays and interactive discussions to teach teens practical life skills they can apply at school, home and in their social circles. The centre provides support and supplemental information through its 24-Hour Hotline (242) 328-0922, website www.bahamascrisiscentre.org and social media page www.facebook.com/bhscrisiscentre.

‘Mr. Matters of the Heart’ Kirk Johnson and Psychologist Antoinette Lewis-Deveaux pose with students of Arthur’s Town High School following a healthy relationships presentation.

Talk Show Host, Kirk Johnson (left), Principal of Arthur’s Town High School, Julian Rolle (center) and Psychologist Antoinette Lewis-Deveaux

Principal of Old Bight High School, Jerome Forbes (left), Psychologist Antoinette Lewis-Deveaux and Talk show host, ‘Mr. Matters of the Heart’ Kirk Johnson

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