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.

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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?

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