Health officials speak on increase in suicide

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Health officials speak on increase in suicide
Dr. Niomi Jn Baptiste.
Dr. Niomi Jn Baptiste.

Local health officials are concerned about the increase in suicide here and are advising persons to seek help from health institutions island-wide.

Consultant Psychiatrist Niomi Jn Baptiste said that while there are a number of reasons why people commit suicide, depression is the number one reason.

Jn Baptiste said “one suicide is too much and one death by suicide is too many”. The psychiatrist said it is very important for people with depression and other mentally related issues to get the help they need.

“Families need to observe their symptoms and take them to an appropriate place for help,” she added.

Jn Baptiste advised that even if the person refuses to go to the National Mental Wellness Centre for whatever reason, they can visit a hospital or health clinic to get counseling.

Once they go for the help they need, they will be referred to an appropriate facility. Treatment and other services are available.

However, Jn Baptiste said that there is stigma attached to people seeking mental treatment, which is why people are afraid to step forward and get help. She said this must not be encouraged.

Sharmaine Hippolyte-Thomas.

Meanwhile,  Jn Baptiste said the Ministry of Health has been engaged in a lot of work, as it pertains to suicide prevention.

“There are a lot of people who attempt suicide on a weekly basis, they would go to the Victoria Hospital, some of them are admitted and some are treated at outpatient clinics,” she explained.

According to her, there are several signs and symptoms of depression, in which families must take seriously.

Jn Baptiste said once a person starts to shows signs of withdrawal, there is a change in their demeanor, or for some strange reason they suddenly become happy, these are all signs of suicide.

She said a person can also be psychotic. These persons may complain about hearing voices that advises them to hurt or kill themselves. These are also signs linked to suicide.

Meanwhile, Executive Director of Mental Health Services Sharmaine Hippolyte-Thomas, said that counselling and treatment are available for persons suffering from depression or have thoughts of committing suicide.

However, she said families must come forward and get the help they need for their loved ones.

Hippolyte-Thomas said there is a competent team which comprises of: psychiatrists, clinical counselors, social workers, clinical psychologists and trained nurses, that are ready to help individuals and families.

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  1. I work with people that I feel are at high risk for contemplating suicide. Where would I refer someone that needs counseling, but cannot afford it? Living in the North side of St. Lucia

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  2. Any medical condition should be confidential... Many people don't like to get help because of the stigma then to add your information may not be confidential that adds to the situation there has to be a law in place if not it should be...

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  3. Is the suicide hotline working, where are the ads to inform ppl of the symptoms, where they can turn to and what to do. Are there any form of organised groups to assist? Is there a safe place (not the place that will turn u to a vegetable n u know the famous place) for these ppl to recover from this malady. Are there experts in this field who can assess and diagnose this disease. More questions than answers

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  4. Listen to me st Lucians, I know what I'm talking about ,I'm leaving in nj , my sis and I was in bk shopping we entered that African store on Utica we wore talking the African man heard us and ask what country we wore from we said st Lucia . That is when he start telling us about the first election how he fix it for the Labour Party and never get pay so blood have to share in st Lucia we quickly left the store and call our family home . It's very sad that the man had to sell our country to the devil I'm bleeding inside I have kids home all I'm asking Lucians to do is pray cause the devil is busy . Lord protect my family.

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  5. YOU GUYS KNOW NOTHING ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING THERE.ALL OF YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN BUSINESS.GO TO COUNSILLING BEFORE I LEAVE THE CLASSES YOU CALL YOUR FRIEND AND GOSIP YOU KNOW WHO WAS HERE AND YOU KNOW WHAT HE SAY HIS PROBLEM IS AND LAUGH AND REDICULE.PEOPLE TIRED OF ALLL OF THAT SHITT.WE NEED MORE SERIOUS PEOPLE AND CARING PEOPLE AND PEOPLE THAT CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN OUR LIVES.BS

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    • i agree..they just have fancy title but they dont keep anything confidential and they more judgemental. They will say they deh for u when u in their office but they avoiding u like the plague if they see u on the streets..like u have some kinda disease...hypocrites!

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  6. THE LABOUR GOVERNMENT.KENNY AND COMPANY SHOULD TELL YOU LUCIANS WHY THIS IS HAPPENING.PAY BACK IS A BITCH.DEVIL MADE THEM WIN SO.KAMA IS A BITCH."BETTEWR DAYS".

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  7. I am leaving in the US.my son has all some of these symptoms.he needs help.he told me he wants to go to rehab but he is scared because he don't want the doctors to turn him into a mad man with the medication.someone please text me the help line number.

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  8. What are the facts? What exactly is the "a lot of work" that the Ministry is doing? “There are a lot of people who attempt suicide on a weekly basis, they would go to the Victoria Hospital,....." what is that number? where are the stats to prove what you are saying. The days of putting a pacifier in people's mouth is over. Woman you need to operate on a higher level than that. We are living in an information age. You probably said a lot about nothing, your teachers would have been proud.

    If you were an official in the US would you have come on the news to repeat that "CRAP?" You people are more in need of psychological evaluation than those who commit suicide. Wouldn't be ideal if those who really needed to go were the ones who committed suicide? Just a thought, I don't know.

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  9. Demons are the voices they hear, even though a medical term is used. St Lucia has a spirit of suicide and we need to pray against that spirit

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    • This is not only happening in St. Lucia. I am a st. Lucian leaving abroad, I live in a small country. We have had two suiciides in the last two months or so and for this past week about four other persons have attempted the same act.

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