The World Health Organization (WHO) said Guyana has by far the highest suicide rate among countries in the Caribbean. It has also been listed in the top 10 most suicidal countries. So far this year more than 30 people have committed suicide, while several others are recovering from failed attempts. Now, the Indian Arrival Committee (IAC) said it will stage a walk on September 14 to highlight the issue and was urging all nationals, religious and non-government organizations to support the initiative “to heighten awareness about the need to prevent suicide.”
The Guyana government says it has developed a “strategic partnership” with the Indian Arrival Committee (IAC) to heighten awareness on the need to prevent suicides in the country. It said that Health Minister Dr. Bheri Ramsaran met with the IAC who presented their organisation’s initiative and explored the possibility of a meaningful collaboration.
Dr. Ramsaran said that that the Ministry of Health has been involved in several plans aimed at curbing suicides, including the training of persons.
[. . .] The IAC in the past had demonstrated its willingness to lead and support any intervention regarding this issue and based on the magnitude of incidents, called for suicide to be declared a national priority. Further, the organisation pointed out that due to the high rate of suicide, a major international news network visited Guyana and produced a story highlighting this distressing trend.