More males committing suicide in St. Lucia

By Nazella-Alli Sukhnandan, Staff Reporter

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St. Lucia has seen an increase in the number of males committing suicide.

Police reports have confirmed that out of the seven suicides recorded on island so far this year, six were males.

Reports have also suggested that more males have been committing suicide over the years.

Minister of Gender Relations Alvina Reynolds, who commented on the issue recently at a public forum, has advised that persons watch out for warning signs that may lead to suicide and get relatives the support they need in dealing with whatever issues they are faced with.

“It is evident that persons are finding difficulties in dealing with the number of issues that confront them and when the difficulties arises, they may not always know where to turn and that is why family support is necessary,” the minister said.

Reynolds explained that as a nation, more support should be given to persons that are mentally ill too, instead of locking them away. She noted there are also support systems available to persons who are finding issues in coping with life challenges. She said persons in such situations should seek assistance from the Department of Gender Relations, the Crisis Centre, the Mental Wellness Centre, and any other help centre island-wide.

“Family needs to be more present, more aware, and pay more attention to family members in need. Watch at the change in their behaviour, what is causing that and be supportive,” she advised.

Just recently a man was found hanging from a tree at Mongiraud, Gros Islet. He was identified as Vincent Collymore aka ‘Ras’, originally of Laborie, but resided at Reduit, Gros Islet.

Collymore was discovered hanging from a tree by a group of children who were playing in the bushes on September 19. According to neighbours, Collymore’s wife was heard arguing with him. Following the argument he left the house and never returned.

Relatives said Collymore did not support his wife’s decision to accept employment with a cruise ship and that might be the reason why he committed suicide. He left a note behind for his daughter which read, “Daddy loves you, but I can’t take it anymore.”

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23 comments

  1. We were taught what to think and not how to think.

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  2. Brothers and Sisters, our society is not readily equipped with the facilities to cope with the "depression" phase. In every situation, we're being told what to do : eg. God this and God that. We were taught what to think and not how. We should be able to give tangible advice to those in need, and not cast the issues aside to some illusive state of mind philosophy. We do not have holistic treatment. We are divided by having our spirits being treated in a church, our anatomy in a clinic, and our minds in an asylum. Such conditions further leads to the derangement of the sympathetic nervous system.

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  3. You have a society that is conditioned by image, you are poor but you look wealthy, there is a deep fear of failure in St. Lucia. One would rather die than admit being broke or if a relationship ends that you can't face the public. Most of the people are in that mess.

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  4. It is sad for all of us despite how Rmuch of a man they think they are. They are sons husbands uncles fathers etc that we all look up to. We all need to understand times have changed. The things we used to do we can no Ionger do. We have to accept that change as there's nothing we can do. We have to have faith in God believe that he can assist us. Look for the positive in every bad situation. Both my husband and I are out of a job we are trying to do all we can to pay our bills esp the mortgage we have gone to our bank after we cant even meet the monthly amount on a regular basis they have increased it so that it can be payed off on time. You think that's right. Things are just hard in St Lucia and the government should try to help people more. They following other countries yet Obama has helped his people to refinance and reduce Mortgages what is Kenny doing. The bank staff puts pressure on you. LUCELEC cuts you off Wasco is the only one you might a chance. WE REALLY DO NEED HELP IN ST LUCIA.

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  5. When a person reaches the point where they feel there is no recourse but suicide, so much has gone on for them to get there.
    Suicide is the only answer to a person who is not thinking clearly. When a person becomes depressed due to life events, the chemicals in your brain become out of balance and you become depressed and can not think rational about situations. Many times people think you just have to shake it off and move on, but it doesn't always work that way. There is medication to help your mind heal. If you feel depressed, go to your doctor and ask for help. It is there for you !

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  6. my people we are living in the last days and 1 peter 5;8 tell us to be sober, be vigilant ,because your adversary the devil , as a roaring lion , walketh about , seeking whom he may devour .

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  7. St. Lucian men, do not allow your ego to control you. Seek help when you find yourself in situations difficult to handle. Visit a counselor or a psychologist. They will help you work out the problem in an applicable way. They are few that I know that are good and you can visit, for example, the one at Marisule on the Gros Islet hwy. spring of hope. I hear its very good. Go for a visit and stop the killing of oneself. Brotherly love!

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  8. It's obvious because more men are incarcerated but where are the reformers when incarcerated to make u a better person NONE .So u comes out worse than how u went in so sociologically it plays on the men mind.

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  9. There are many reasons men seem to have taken this root, There is to much pride, no more fear of god. When it comes to women issues some women go all out to embarrass men especially if they know he has a lot of pride, Some men do the same to women too. There is a lot of infidelity among both men and women and men handles this issue differently more so if they are not involved in that behavior, some men feel they are less of a man if they cant provide for their families also. It is very depressing to men.

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  10. it's sad to hear this is happening.....but really and truely some men can really hurt women tooo....

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  11. Gone are the days when woman depended on men an now gay is big thing in st lucia they just can't handle it, at the rate they going there will really be a man shortage!!! Who vex lose.

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  12. To live in your world is a miscalculation, but to die in it is a joy.

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  13. Depression is the devils work people, and he is a liar. Before you let him control ur mind, ur feelings and thoughts. Give you life to Chris he will never lead you astray. Remember he heals the sick.

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  14. The problem with us men especially in St Lucian society is that we do not know how to deal with our problems. That macho man syndrome which is instilled in us from young makes it taboo to cry or to seek psychological help. Women would cry their hearts out to their friends, vent, and move on but men we bottle it all up inside till we just "snap". We need to all be a bit more supportive of each other. Ever tried telling your male partner about your relationship issues and you will be called "bulla" etc. This itself is part of the problem. My advice to anyone going through any problem, find someone whom you can confide in. Could be a pastor, preacher, teacher. Sometimes all we need is someone to listen to us without passing judgement!

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  15. Many of us do not understand what depression is. We say it is selfish but we just don't know what they go through. We need to be there for them, seek help with them not always for them. We need to know how to help support the males in our lives and this may require family counselling.

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  16. We need to turn to the Lord...suicide is never the answer...its the suggestion that will be offered by the devil and may seem like a sure fit to the situation at hand, HOWEVER, before placing the noose around ur neck spend some time with the bible and the words of the lord..only then will u realise that there is a way out #perspective #wakeup #devilisalie

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  17. Due to a phenomena called gros go pwele

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  18. I am a st .lucian living abroad reading this make me very sad. I know this topic needs to be talk about but in my opinion there has to be a better way to do it seeing the wrope in this pic is promoting it because you are teaching them how to tie the rope this pic make me so sad.

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  19. Hi my name is Jennifer I do live in the USS but I am sick with bipolar disease. I suggest any one who has acces to the internet look gor websites thst deal with depression. I will try and post some resources here. Remember depression is not a weekness and suicide is not a selfish act. It is a sign of sickness and a desperate act of somone who has been strong so long, It is a FINAL act to relive themselves of horrible pain and a last ditch effort to relieve themselves and loved ones of the pain their in . Love them.

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  20. My son needs help.please .he has mentioned to me several time that he will commit suicide. Please. need to get him some help .I need to know who can I contact...my contact #is 1201 539 6730..thank you.

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    • So you leaving all the resources that are available in New Jersey and is on poor lil St Lucia news online you crying for help? You got to be kidding me. Heellllooo!! Get up and get and assist your son in a meaningful way before its too late. sucks man!!!

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  21. My son needs help.please .he has mentioned to me several time that he will commit suicide. Please. I need to get him some help

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