Show Children Love To Help Deal With Effects

May 5, 2017

Jerry Moe Bermuda May 2017Children need to see how they are loved and appreciated to help them deal with the effects of having someone in their family addicted to drugs or alcohol.

That is one of the messages that an expert on children’s issues will deliver during a series of workshops being held by PRIDE Bermuda later this month to mark its 30th anniversary.

Jerry Moe, National Director of Children’s Programmes at the Hazeldon Betty Ford Center, said: “I will be concentrating on children affected by the addiction to alcohol and drugs of a parent or family member.

“I will talk about ways to support them and work with them so that they grow up in a very healthy way.

“It is so important to build a child’s strength and resilience and one of my key messages to those who work with children as professionals or parents is to make help children see how loved, cared for and appreciate they are.”

PRIDE Bermuda is bringing Mr Moe to the Island to hold ‘Addiction Through the Eyes of a Child’ workshops and training on May 15 and 16.

Mr Moe is an international author, lecturer and trainer on issues for children and families hurt by addiction.

He will help lead professional development workshops and training for people who work with children and families, such as school counselors, therapists, teachers, parents, churches, faith groups, sports coaches, child and family service providers, prevention and treatment services.

His association with PRIDE Bermuda goes back to when he met Truell Landy, Program Director at the charity, nine years ago.

“I was delivering a workshop and a person called Truell was there. The care that she exhibited for the children and the families was incredible.

“So when an opportunity came up for me to do something in Bermuda and with PRIDE, I jumped at the chance,” said Mr Moe.

He added that an important element of helping children was building on existing culture and said: “There is a sense of community in Bermuda, it jumps out at me and I know there is a lot to work with on the Island.”

For more information on the workshops, contact Marina Sousa or Truell Landy at PRIDE, telephone 295-9970, or email

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  1. I heart 441 says:

    Yes, Bermuda surely does have a sense of community vibe. Totally different to US culture, so with that said, I hope he doesn’t compare the two different countries. Are kids have more & better morals compared to the US