How Guyana is trying to combat its high suicide rate – By Gemma Handy – BBC News

How Guyana is trying to combat its high suicide rate

  • The Guyana Foundation plans to establish more centres like the one in Zorg-En-Vlygt

    The Sunrise Center aims to help drive down Guyana’s high suicide rates

Chattering amiably, heads bent over plugs and wires, enthusiasm among students in the electrical installation class is palpable.

The bright welcoming venue, framed by rice paddies, looks the picture of pastoral contentment. But behind its creation lies an unsettling reality.

This upbeat community centre was built to address the devastating number of suicides both here on the scenic Essequibo Coast – and in Guyana itself, which holds the dubious distinction of the highest suicide rate in the world.    

World Health Organization figures claim 44.2 in every 100,000 Guyanese take their own lives, compared to a global average of 16.    [Read more]

 

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  • HARD WORKING woman  On November 19, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    The reason why people are killing themselves is because they can’t afford to pay their bills or eat. The greedy rich help themselves and the poor will always stay in the gutter. What is wrong with Guyana? ?? Full of corruption and greed !!!! Why don’t you do the decent thing and help each other ????

  • demerwater  On November 20, 2016 at 5:03 am

    “Okay, I typed the word suicide in the search bar and it yielded ten commentaries, going back to 2012.”
    The above is a quote from a year or so ago.
    I just tried the exercise again and there is even more; and more updated.

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