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World Suicide Prevention Day: Awareness needed, says NCFC, Special Envoy

Posted: Friday, September 10, 2021. 8:45 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: The National Committee for Families and Children (NCFC) and Special Envoy for the Development of Families and Children Rossana Briceno are marking World Suicide Prevention Day under the theme of “Creating Hope Through Action.”

A joint statement says the organizations intend to develop and implement more awareness campaigns on the still touchy topic, especially for children and adolescents. There is also, they say, a need to reduce the stigma associated with the act, which is not illegal under Belizean law but once was.

Globally, the trend is that more women attempt suicide, but more men complete it. In 2020 Belize saw 32 confirmed deaths from suicide – 23 men and nine women, from 96 attempts by fifty women and 46 men.

Suicide can be caused by many, often silent triggers: poverty, unemployment, pain and hopelessness after the death of a loved one, or other discord.

If you need help or know someone who does, kindly contact the nearest health center or 0-800-664-2273 (MOH-CARE) for assistance.


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