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The Media and Mental Health Coverage


The Caribbean Voice notes a letter recently in the print media calling for legislation to prevent media reportage on suicide from fostering the Werther Effect or copycatting. The fact is that the media has an important role to play in … Continue reading

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Sexual Assault Realities


While the statistics are neither comprehensive nor chronological, they do indicate that sexual violence in Guyana has been escalating: a rise of one-third in rape reports (117 to 154) occurred between 2000-2004 and a 16-fold rise in statutory rapes (two … Continue reading

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Seek counseling…call the hotline…and other sundries


The headline in one local newspaper stated, “Father of 3 buckles after wife leaves home”. The article added that the 51-year man committed suicide by ingesting poison, after his wife walked out on him, taking their three children. Apparently, his … Continue reading

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The Caribbean Voice Implements Comprehensive Training to Tackle Suicide and Abuse


Georgetown, Guyana, April 3, 2017: After two years and nine months of activism in Guyana, The Caribbean Voice has established five training programs that are currently being implemented. These are The Youth and Student Workshop, already presented to a number … Continue reading

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Screening should be for suicide ideation, not self harm


The Mental Health Unit of the Ministry of Health (MOH) has indicated that it will be implementing a self-harm screening tool that will identify and counsel persons who have attempted suicide or practised self-harm. Reacting to this announcement, The Caribbean … Continue reading

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Guyana’s Children…A Neglected Lot?


As The Caribbean Voice and the almost fifty NGOs, FBOs, CBso partners in Voices Against Violence focus on child abuse during the month, we highlight some alarming trends: Increasing Abuse: During the first two months of 2017, 765 (428 girls, … Continue reading

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The Scourge of Alcohol


In a letter to the local media recently, social activist, Vidyartha Kissoon, asked, “Will Guyana have to wait on the World Health Organisation before it admits it has a problem with alcohol consumption and do something about it?” Kissoon advocates … Continue reading

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