Instead of parade, spend money on addressing PTSD

#donaldtrump More than 20 US soldiers commit suicide daily. There are more deaths of active duty soldiers via suicide than those who die in Afghanistan in combat. Yet this epidemic is hardly ever talked about much less addressed by the authorities. Draft dodger, Donald Trump, who pretends to care about soldiers has completely ignored this scourge also while he exhibits his authoritarian tendencies by wanting to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on a military parade…money that can go a fair way in helping soldiers to deal with PSTD and depression.

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Hilary Clinton lost because…

Is Hilary Clinton to be blamed for Trump’s victory? Would another democratic presidential candidate have won? These questions continue to be debated so here’s my two cents. The real reason Hilary lost is slowly emerging and the Russian collusion is only part of that. A significant part also is those millions of hitherto apathetic voters who were galvanized by Trump’s lies and promises. No Democrat could have gotten those votes and they came out not because of Hilary but because of Trump. Ipso facto they would have come out regardless who the Democratic candidate would have been. Do note that not only did Hilary win the popular vote but she obtained more popular votes than Obama. A final point to note, although the media did not highlight this, is that many, especially males, voted for Trump or stayed away altogether because they could not come to grips with the reality of a woman being in the White House..any woman, not just Hilary. Misogyny is still very much entrenched in the American male psyche.

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Sports as a means of addressing abuse and suicide

THE Caribbean Voice (TCV) applauds the initiative by Fruta Conquerors Football Club, in collaboration with the Titans Table Tennis Club, to organise a seminar on Child Care awareness for all coaches, team managers and parents. For a while now, the Caribbean Voice has been calling for sports to be a vehicle fostering suicide prevention and anti-abuse. In fact we recently had a meeting with the West Berbice Cricket Board to this effect. So we suggest that this kind of initiative be followed by sports entities across Guyana and that future seminars also include suicide prevention and domestic violence. TCV is willing to meet with various sports authorities and/or to offer necessary help.

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Each minute, each hour and each day is a struggle not to give in

#mentalhealthmatters #suicideprevention
The Caribbean Voice has been placing tremendous emphasis on strategies to deal with depression which is not only one the two states (the other being anxiety) that directly lead to suicide but which is also a growing problem worldwide. Only recently it was revealed that depression has been on the increase even in developed nations like the US. And we all know that it certainly is an increasing problem in Guyana and other developing nations.
As someone who has lived with depression all my life (even though I did not realize this until after I learnt about this mental health condition as a result of TCV’s mental health work, I can say with certainty that depression is like a parasite…it is difficult to dislodge, even when life conditions seem to indicate that there is no grounds for it. It seems to stay hidden always emerging to the fore when such life situations feed it. And, for the umpteen time, that reality has again become mine. Only this time, there is self awareness and thus an understanding as why it has again emerged to the fore as well as how to ensure it does not take control. But its there and each second, each minute, each hour and each day is a struggle not to give in; a struggle to stay engaged even in life’s fundamental needs such as maintaining basic health and hygiene, staying focused on errands and goals, remaining socially and creatively engaged, and a struggle to not let the darkness become overpowering and order become enveloped in an unending haze. But as strong as a person can be there is always this niggling fear that at any instant the will can become weakened enough to plunge one into a bottomless pit from where there is no upward surge and finality steps in. It is in this pit that even those with literally everything – fame, power, wealth, celebrity status et al – engage in that last fatal act.

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State should review decriminalization of suicide – Parliamentary Committee

Kaieteur News, Guyana, Mar 17, 2018:
#suicideprevention The bipartisan Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on Social Services has developed a series of recommendations in response to the societal scourge of suicide.
Among the recommendations is a call for the National Assembly to review the legislation with regard to the decriminalization of suicide and the need for comprehensive mental health legislation.
The committee which is chaired by APNU+AFC Member, John Adams, tabled its seventh periodic report in the National Assembly on Thursday.
Recently, Caribbean Voice advocated for suicide to be struck from the law books as a crime. Caribbean Voice is a Non Governmental organisation [NGO] with a local and international presence, which embraces an anti-violence stance.
According to Coordinator of its Guyana Chapter, Mr. Nazim Hussain, statistics show that those who died as a result of self-harm might have tried as much as 20 to 25 times before they were successful.

According to experts, seeking the requisite help is often not an option when families become aware that one of their members attempted suicide.
This, Hussain said, is due to the criminalisation of the act of suicide and its associated penalty.
It is believed though that if suicide was decriminalised, persons’ relatives would have ensured that they seek and get the requisite mental health support.
Recent trends highlighted by PAHO/WHO Director, Dr. William Adu-Krow, suggest that Guyana’s suicide rate had fallen to 20.6 per 100,000 people.
In 2012 Guyana was reported to have the highest suicide rate in the world. However, by 2015, when a Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs] review was conducted, it was found that the rate had considerably declined.
A 2012 WHO report indicated that Guyana had a suicide rate of 44.2 per 100,000 people, and that for every single female suicide, there were 3.2 male suicides. By comparison, it was revealed that neighbouring territories Suriname had a suicide rate of 27.8 per 100,000, and Venezuela’s rate was 2.6 per 100,000.
The Parliamentary report also recommended the development of effective surveillance systems to measure progress which will help determine and design effective interventions.
“There should be accurate reporting systems that would allow for the accurate reflection of suicide statistics and programmes to train Health Care Providers and Social Workers in the next five years,” the report states.
It was noted that modern laws should be developed to limit and control access to toxic substances used as a means for suicide, as well as to restart programmes to safely lock away commonly used pesticides.
The parliamentary committee also stated that the scholarship programme be accelerated to train health care providers and counsellors on mental health within the next five years.
Another recommendation is for the establishment of a National Poison Centre; a database of victims and antidotes to common poisons.
The committee highlighted the greater need for advocacy and dialogue on mental care and detection of depression and suicidal motivations.
Government, according to the committee, should provide additional financial support to NGOs to enhance their budgets and enable the environment for the Mental Health Unit and NGOs to provide psycho-social support.
Last year, a motion on suicide brought to the National Assembly by the opposition, was defeated.

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For Trump optics hardly matters

The media keeps talking about the optics of this or that makes Donald Trump looks bad. Have they not realized by now that with respect to anything to do with his obnoxious person Donald Trump could not care less about optics in his continual striving to ‘defend’ himself. He has been highly successful in bending the law to do this and being in the White House changes nothing in this or any other respect. As commentators pointe don on CNN, for Trump, running the White House is like being on ‘The Apprentice’ and optics, morality, ethics and principles be damned. How can a man without any of these be expected to start acquiring them in the winter of his life?

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Media not calling it correctly

The media is not calling it correctly, Trump is not looking for people who understand his mindset and his philosophy; he’s looking for people who would simply do whatever he wants done and defend him and his government regardless of how they feel and what they think; in other words mindless yes men and women. And if they are a bit ignorant all the better because no one should be smarter than the boss.

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