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By Desilon Daniels “I was there by myself…I battled my own ship while it was sinking.”For every person who commits suicide,Nike Air Max 90 Baratas Espa?a, there are nearly two dozen others who would have tried and failed.Even more alarming, a suicide attempt is the strongest risk factor for suicide, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. People who have made prior suicide attempts are at a much higher risk of committing suicide later in life.While the WHO has suggested follow-up care for people who attempted suicide along with the provision of community support, such initiatives are lacking in Guyana.This deficiency has left survivors of suicide out in the cold and seeking the necessary help to keep them from ending their lives. One such person is Dennis Singh (name changed), 18, of Essequibo.From a young age, Dennis faced difficulties, particularly in relation to his family life.“A lot of things were not going right. My personal life was messed up and no one was there whom I could trust,” he said. He explained that his parents had separated and his mother had moved to Georgetown while his father was “never around”.Dennis lived with his older sister. He said that his depression became particularly difficult to handle as he entered his teenage years.“I had just started high school and the family problems were building up; no one was there to relieve me,” he said. “I tried to be happy. I would go to school and try to focus but as soon as things start to clear, another problem would arrive and I’m back to square one and feeling stressed out.”He said that he was constantly worried about his life and wondered each day whether anything would change.“At the same time I was trying to figure out who I was, who I was becoming, and all the personal stuff was hitting me hard. Everyone was ready to judge me and didn’t give me support so I kept to myself,” Dennis said.“It might sound like nothing to be suicidal for but trust me; who knows it they know it well.”Eventually it all became too much; he had been battling with his problems for three years and had had enough. So, at the age of 16,China Jerseys, he decided to commit suicide.“One day I couldn’t take it and this thing called suicide fly up in my head suddenly. I wanted to die just to end all the pain and suffering; I wanted to be free,” he related.With his mind made up, he made his way to the seawall. He sat there for a long time, working up the courage to jump.“All of these different thoughts were going through my head while I’m crying there. About an hour I sat there, looking at the water. I wanted to end the suffering so badly but at the same time something was telling me, ‘don’t, don’t, don’t! Think about your future.’” he said.So,Wholesale Authentic Jerseys, he stood up and made his way home,Chelsea Jersey Long Sleeve Nike, the thought of suicide out of his mind, at least temporarily. However, he said, every time there is a problem he thinks back to his attempt.He explained that things became slightly better when he moved to Georgetown.“One thing with Essequibo is that the place is dead; nowhere you can go and chill and hang out. Another thing is that no one there wants to listen and help. I was there by myself…I battled my own ship while it was sinking.”He added that even to this day no one in his family knows that he is suicidal. “The first thing people think is you’re mad”. He said, however, things have improved with his family.But Dennis was unaware of where he could get help and never sought the aid of a counsellor.“If I knew where I could’ve gone after my attempt, I would’ve gone,” he said. He later received help from the now deceased Dr. Faith Harding and other persons. However, he said, he only recently reached out.“All the time it was me alone; no one else,” he said. He said that he still deals with depression and suicidal thoughts every day.Dennis now uses his difficulties as a message to other persons battling with thoughts of suicide. “We were given life to live, love, and be happy,” he stressed, “Reach out and you might see the wonders hidden inside. Say no to suicide, for it is not the answer!”Follow-ups neededAt an alarming rate of 44.2 suicides per 100,000 – nearly three times the global average – it is no secret that Guyana has the highest suicide rate in the world. But an even more alarming realization is that the number of suicide attempts is more than 20 times the number of successful suicides.According to the WHO, the days and weeks following a suicide attempt are particularly difficult and this period is usually the time when another attempt is made.This fact has led local activists to emphasize the need for follow-up services to be made available to persons who attempt suicide.Anthony Autar, Managing Director of the Guyana Foundation, believes a strong support system should form the foundation for suicide prevention.“It is absolutely essential that they get some kind of follow-up care and that they have a strong support system consisting of people who know about suicide prevention and those who are compassionate and willing to offer support to persons who attempted suicide,” he said.He said that those who attempt suicide are coming out of very traumatic experiences and need all the support they can get.“The fact that they attempted to end their lives shows that they’re in an extremely vulnerable state and they need a lot of emotional support.”In terms of what is available in Guyana, Autar said that he was not aware of post-care services being available to those who attempt suicide. He said that he is, however, aware of discussions to set up such support groups. He emphasized that for such groups properly trained persons must be a necessity.“If they [suicide survivors] don’t get the support, whatever issues pushed them would be unresolved and without proper care and support they would try a second time and that second time they may actually end their lives,” he said.Managing Director of The Caribbean Voice, Bibi Ahamad, said ideally,Buy Air Max 90, persons who attempted suicide should get counselling. However, she said, this is often not the case. She said that the stigma attached to suicide along with few publicly known places have hindered progress in this area.While she noted some interventions being made by faith-based organizations or nongovernmental ones, she said that more needed to be done, particularly from the government.“It is a difficult thing to even find the places but now that we have the suicide hotline that should be a big help. There ought to be more publicly advertised places where people can go and get the help they need,” she said.She said this is particularly true for areas outside of Georgetown and opined that special attention should be placed to the outlying areas.She said, too, that the families of those who attempt suicide should also participate in counselling sessions when necessary. She noted that in some cases it is best to keep them away because they “may cause more pain and anguish rather than helping the situation”.Today, Guyana joins the rest of the world in celebrating World Suicide Prevention Day. This year, the day is held under the theme,cheap nfl jerseys, “Preventing Suicide: reaching Out and Saving Lives”.
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