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High Suicide Rate among Young Indo-Guyanese: Political Pessimism? – By Rosaliene Bacchus

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Suicide by Poison - Guyana

Poison preferred method of suicide in Guyana
Photo Credit: Guyana Chronicle

In his article, “Guyana’s breakdown is connected to our high suicide rate,” published in Kaieteur News on February 6, 2016, Freddie Kissoon posits that an underlying cause of Guyana’s alarming suicide rate is “the political pessimism that has dogged this country since Independence.” Bear in mind that the controversial columnist, a former social science university lecturer, has been highly critical of the former ruling East Indian left-wing political party (1992-2015).

A small developing Caribbean nation with a declining population of less than 750,000 people (Census 2012), Guyana topped the chart of the World Health Organization’s 2014 report on suicide worldwide, based on data for the year 2012. With a suicide rate of 44.2 per 100,000 persons, Guyana beat South Korea (28.9) and Sri Lanka (28.8). At the time, Guyana’s health authority claimed a much lower rate…

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Suicides in Guyana: Hinduism NOT a risk factor – by Veda Nath Mohabir

letters_iconSuicides in Guyana: Hinduism NOT a risk factor

Letter by Veda Nath Mohabir

I find two oddities in The Daily Chronicle, June 29 report (by Tejram Mohabir) on suicides in Guyana.  http://guyanachronicle.com/regional-health-conference-hears-suicide-appears-to-be-a-culture-among-east-indians-in-guyana-suriname-and-trinidad-and-tobago/

Religion was cited as a ‘common risk factor’ for suicide among Guyanese (along with Trinidadian and Surinamese) East Indians: “In Guyana, Dr. Harry identified culture and to a lesser extent religion as common risk factors of suicide. “ with “30 percent [of those committing suicides] each are Hindus and Pentecostals”.   Continue reading

Guyana’s young people are largely forgotten

Young people are largely forgotten

JULY 8, 2014 | BY  | EDITORIAL

Half of Guyana’s population (about 50.9 per cent) is below the age of 24. And more than one-third (about 36.9 per cent) is between 25 and 54 years of age. The government, however, persists in the non-implementation of a coherent national policy to cater to the needs of this large number of young Guyanese.

Young people are the nation’s future but they face monumental challenges. The spate of suicides among adolescents, the rising number of teenage pregnancies, the large number of school dropouts, the unavailability of new job opportunities, the reports of their being victims of police brutality and torture, the huge prison population (of which youth are said to comprise 75 per cent) and the predicament of juveniles in the New Opportunity Corps are all signs of a dangerous and deteriorating social situation. Continue reading

Guyana authorities worried at high rate of suicides

Suicide in Guyana is a serious social problem. Guyana is ranked fourth in suicides per capita worldwide, and has the highest rate amongst South American and Caribbean nations.  About 40% of people who commit suicide in Guyana poison themselves by consuming agricultural pesticides.[1]   [from Wikipedia]

Guyana authorities worried at high rate of suicides

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Monday January 13, 2014, CMC – The Guyana government says a multi-sectoral approach is needed to deal with the number of suicides in the country.

Since the start of the year (in the first 10 days), 20 people have committed suicide, while several others are recovering from failed attempts.

Health Minister Dr Bheri Ramsaran met with Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shamdeo Persaud and chief psychiatrist Bhiro Harry to discuss the issue of “mental health” saying afterwards that suicide is not only a mental health problem, but a cultural issue as well.   He said the Ministry of Health would be working closely with various government ministries and other stakeholders in a bid to reduce the high rate of suicides here.

The Indian Arrival Committee (IAC) in a statement Sunday January 12,  said it was “extremely perturbed over the incidents of suicide”.   Continue reading

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