Monthly Archives: December 2015

Mental Health is a Critical Needs Sector


The World Health Organization has long stressed the need for mental health care to be decentralized and integrated into primary health care with the necessary tasks carried out, as far as possible, by general healthcare workers rather than by specialists … Continue reading

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Release Data Relating to the Suicide Hotlines


The Caribbean Voice (TCV) notes the disclosure by Caitlin Veira, “that the helpline has 100% success rate thus far in the sense that all callers have been helped with their issues/situations, and have received weekly follow-up calls. They are all … Continue reading

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A National Conversation on Mental Health is Needed


Wesley Kirton is the latest of many Guyanese – individuals and entities, at home and abroad – who have called for a national conversation on suicide. This call was also mooted at the National Stakeholder’s Conference on Suicide and Related … Continue reading

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Role of Media in Covering Social Issues


Writing on his blog recently, social activist Vidyartha Kissoon stated, “There are reporting guidelines around the world. For example the Good Samaritans in the United Kingdom and the Australian Press Council encourage reporting which will increase public awareness about what … Continue reading

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Suicide is not the forte of any specific group.


In his letter of November 16, Abu Bakr cited a passing reference from an October 8, 2013 letter of mine, as ‘proof’ that he and I had an exchange on suicide. I suppose we will have to agree to disagree … Continue reading

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Ramayan is a Creative Narrative


In his letter in the Guyana Stabroek News of November 16 Pandit Haresh Tewari is correct in pointing out that I was wrong to describe the Ramayan as a myth and I apologize for that. What I should have said … Continue reading

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Abu Bakr is inaccurate


In a letter titled, ‘Who is the ‘Indian intellectual’? in the Stabroek News of 11/19/15, Abu Bakr wrote: “An activist called Annan Boodram writes letters a couple of years ago blaming persistent suicide patterns in the Indo-Guyanese community on Burnham/PNC, … Continue reading

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