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GUYANA-SUICIDE-Guyana observing World Suicide Prevention Day.

Guyana, one of the countries worldwide with a high suicide rate, is observing World Suicide Prevention Day on Tuesday with an emphasis to get people here to talk about their issues and explore options instead of committing the act.

A 2012 World Health Organization (WHO) report indicated that Guyana had a suicide rate of 44.2 per 100,000 people, and that for every single female suicide, there were 3.2 male suicides. By comparison, neighbouring Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country, Suriname had a suicide rate of 27.8 per 100,000.

World Suicide Prevention Day is being observed under the theme 'Working together to Prevent Suicide' and in Guyana, authorities here said suicide prevention awareness efforts are ongoing and as it relates to World Suicide Day, specific activities are being organised to make the general public more aware of prevention efforts.

Social Worker at Mental Health Unit, Alicia Solomon, said emphasis is continuously being placed on those affected by suicide.

She said family members are also counselled and referred for further interventions.

'Suicide is not ending... it often creates a bigger challenge. The person thinks removing themselves is a solution; but what happens to the family members, the people they leave behind?' Solomon remarked.

The Social Worker emphasised that suicide not only involves the death of an individual but can affect families and communities negatively. She also pointed to the fact that there have been trends noted in many suicide cases - with mental health issues being one of the major factors. This condition, Solomon said, often results from constant substance abuse.

'People who use [illegal] substances build the courage to commit the act... very often it is a person who lacks coping skills. They may have relationship issues, or they might have problems with their job, and they have been trying other ways of dealing with it. But when nothing seems to work, they decide, maybe if I remove myself then this problem will end,' Solomon said.

The Mental Health Unit has organised activities for World Suicide Prevention Day and it says the general population will be targetted to spread the message that there is help and support available for persons who need it.

Among the activities being planned include an awareness rally and concert.

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