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A suicide prevention hotline is expected to be established here before the end of the month as officials seek to response to the growing number of cases being reported here.

The disclosure was made by the Director of the Mental Wellness Centre Charmaine Hippolyte Thomas, amid calls from the public for an intervention.

Mrs Thomas who heads a special suicide task force which has been established adds that the move which is being taken in collaboration with a religious organization at telecommunications Company Digicel will engage the services of trained volunteers, who will provide a listening ear to individuals requiring the service.

She says a public education and sensitization drive on mental illness will also be part of the thrust to curb the suicide numbers.

In the absence of a study into what causes people to take their own lives, Mrs Thomas explained that the establishment of a hotline is for now that most effective way to deal with the situation.

Guyana and Jamaica are recorded as having the highest rates of suicide in the Caribbean. In 2012 a World Health Organization named Guyana as having the highest rate of suicide in the world
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