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?


IN the wake of the cancellation of a lopsided, scandalous multi-billion-dollar contract between the Housing Development Corporation and China Gezhouba Group International Engineering Company (CGGC) for the construction of 5,000 housing units, it is alarming that no public official has been called to account for the many concessions the Chinese almost got but for the vigilance of the much-maligned mass media.

THE Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) must be congratulated on winning the bid for the Pointe-a-Pierre refinery.

With the impending national budget for fiscal year 2019/2020 in the air, there seems to be a blanket of fear descending on the citizens of this beautiful country.

I was very concerned when the Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley, revealed in Parliament over ten days ago that the Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad-­Bissessar, had allegedly tipped off Marlene McDon­ald that she was being investigated and her arrest was imminent.

Are lawyers’ fees too high as asserted by dean of The UWI Faculty of Law Rose-Marie Belle Antoine? Or are they reasonable as asserted by the Law Association? Economic principles give two answers: technically speaking, nobody knows; in all probablistically, most likely.