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Eating with Family

DCS Director Judith Seymour

On Monday 22 September, families throughout the Cayman Islands are encouraged to eat dinner together - and, in the interest of preventing substance abuse, to make it a regular practice thereafter.

Department of Counselling Services (DCS) Director Judith Seymour explained, "Family Day aims to increase awareness amongst parents of the fact that the rapport and engagement established during family dinners is a very effective tool for discouraging substance abuse."

She added that regardless of ethnicity, affluence, age or gender, parental interest demonstrated at the dinner table is found to be a simple yet effective tool for helping to prevent drug abuse.

During a decade of research, the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University consistently found that the more young people ate dinner with their families, the less likely they were to smoke, drink or use drugs. Building on those findings, the American facility launched Family Day: A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children in 2001; the observance is now internationally recognised each September.

The Department of Counselling Services and The Counselling Centre first celebrated Family Day in Cayman in 2006. While the event hosted by the Department included a family meal for clients, all families in Cayman were encouraged to eat dinner at home with their families.

This year, DCS will be hosting a potluck dinner for registered clients, and again encourages all residents to join in this positive celebration on Monday September 22, by enjoying dinner with your own families at home because "Dinner Makes a Difference".

For further information contact: Lennon Christian