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Suicide rash send shockwaves in Barbados

Suicide rash send shockwaves in Barbados

SEPTEMBER 14, 2013 | BY  |

Though the worry may be small when compared to what happens in Guyana, Barbados is now into soul-searching following five apparent suicides in five weeks.
The last incident was over the weekend, and in a country with a national average of seven persons per 100,000 in a population that fluctuates just below 300,000 according to World Health Organization 2006 figures, this rash of death by people at their own hands would create shock waves.

For that same year, Guyana registered 52 deaths by suicide for every 100,000 persons in a population estimated to be just over 750,000.

A sign that many societies are yet to treat such loss of life with the seriousness it deserves, is that accurate figures on these deaths are difficult to come by. Continue reading