Posted: Wednesday, September 16, 2020. 10:51 am CST.
By BBN Staff: Belize has been seeing fewer suicides over the past five years, according to data shared by the Ministry of Health at last week’s Ask the Experts; however, the country saw a suicide notably on World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10) emphasizing that it is still very much a local issue.
Today the Mental Health Association (MHA) addressed the issue of suicide by speaking on some common signs that friends and loved ones can look for, to determine if someone may need help and where to source that help if necessary.
While the list contained some blaring signs such as speaking about suicide, obtaining the means to commit suicide like stockpiling pills or purchasing a firearm, it also touched on those signs that could easily be mistaken for something else such as developing personality changes or being severely anxious or agitated; or even changing normal routine, including eating, or sleeping patterns.
For those contemplating suicide, or know of someone contemplating suicide, the MHA suggests: reaching out and having a conversation about it; speaking about it with a minister, spiritual leader, or someone in your faith community, a school counsellor; or a trusted community worker; sourcing professional assistance through a health clinic or private counsellor.
“Remember, suicidal feelings are temporary. If you feel hopeless or that life’s not worth living anymore, remember that treatment can help you regain your perspective — and life will get better. Take one step at a time and reach out for help,” the MHA said.
According to the Ministry’s data, women have higher rate of suicide attempts, however, more men are likely to die from suicide.
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