This month of September is dedicated to suicide prevention. The Trinidad and Tobago Association of Psychologists (TTAP) continues its mission to bring awareness to the public, of this mental illness which afflicts us.

The 2018.11.20 sixth report on Social Services and Public Administration’s Inquiry into Mental Health Services and Wellness and Facilities in Trinidad and Tobago, Clause 2.2 (a) states: Trinidad and Tobago is ranked third highest in the Caribbean with respect to the prevalence of mental illness. This is a public health issue. An ex-minister of health stated that our suicide rate is higher than the US.

For me, definitions help to give me a focus. What is suicide? “Suicide means ending your own life. It is sometimes a way for people to escape pain or suffering. When someone ends his/her own life, we say that they “died by suicide.” A “suicide attempt” means that someone tried to end their life, but did not die.” (Google). What are the reasons why children who are just at the beginning of life, want to end life?


What’s up with the economy? To be blindingly obvious, it’s 80 per cent geology, ten per cent past sins, and ten per cent getting the macro-economic policy numbers right.

The election is just around the corner and the question rolling around in everyone’s mind is who do we vote for?

“Haters gonna hate” is the thought that comes to mind as the opportunistic warriors of both political parties spar over the Darryl Smith “sex scandal”. They do not spend a moment to ensure our women are protected, and to voice disgust at the cavalier use of the continued suffering of Carrie-Ann Moreau—the current face of violence against women.

It was good news hearing T&T farmers won the In­ter­na­tion­al Co­coa Awards (ICA) at the 25th edi­tion of Sa­lon du Choco­lat in Paris, France, placing first out 223 entries from 55 countries.

If the headline is confusing, it shouldn’t be since this is probably the only country where such a phrase makes sense to most people.

Three years ago, this newspaper urged Jamaican firms and policymakers to begin seriously prospecting for opportunities in Guyana, one of our partners in the Caribbean Community (Caricom). The evidence, though anecdotal, suggests that few took our advice. They should.