Saint Lucia recorded a reduction in suicides this year so far as compared to 2017, Consultant Psychiatrist at the National Mental Wellness Centre, Doctor Julius Gaillard has disclosed.
Gilliard rrevealed that some 9 suicides were recorded last year at this time compared to 3 so far for this year.
“We cannot say what we can attribute it to, but we have to keep going and keep that number down as low as possible,” the Mental Wellness Centre official stated.
Gaillard disclosed that no studies have been done to determine where mental illness is most prevalent in Saint Lucia.
He spoke as Saint Lucia joined the rest of the world Monday in observing World Suicide Prevention Day.
“I think what happens is at times persons go through emotional turmoil and at times they see suicide as an attractive option,” Gaillard told reporters.
“We want them to know that we are here for them in case they are experiencing any suicidal thoughts. The national help line is very much available 24 hours a day from any phone. Persons can call 203 and somebody will speak to them and get them through whatever they are experiencing at the time,” the Consultant Psychiatrist explained.
As part of observances for World Suicide Prevention Day, the National Mental Wellness Centre held a mental wellness fair Monday.
Gaillard said the public support for the event was good.
World Suicide Prevention Day this year was held under the theme “Working Together to Prevent Suicide”.
The observance was launched in 2003 by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), which partnered with the World Health Organization (WHO), to raise awareness surrounding the conditions that lead to 800,000 deaths every year.