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Statistics compiled by the health officials on the effectiveness on the suicide helpline which became operational last year have been released.

During the period under review from Monday 29th June 2015 to Sunday 31st January 2016 a total number of 239 calls were recorded, some of which were repeat callers.

 The helpline received calls from both male and female from the ages of 13-80 years. This included a total number of 87 female callers and 94 male callers, a total number of 181 individuals.

There was a total number 49 high risk callers and 132 low risks callers which includes 28 high risk males and 21 high risk females, 66 low risks males and 66 low risks females respectively.

According to the statistics, more calls were received between the hours of 1:00pm to 9:00pm with a total number of 96 calls, followed by 78 calls which was received in the hours of 7:00am to 3:00pm and 65 calls were received on the night shift 9:00pm to 7:00am.

On a weekly basis the helpline receives a maximum of twelve (12) calls. The five leading reasons for calling the help include: Suicidal Ideation Relationship issues stress related issues, family related issues and unemployment. Other problems include Substance Abuse, Mental illness and financial constraints.

Referrals are made to various government agencies such as the Crisis Center, Division of Human Services, The N.I.C.E office and other relating human services organizations.

The six leading constituencies where most call were recorded are Gros Islet with 32 calls, Castries South East 22 calls, Babonneau 16 calls, Castries North 14 calls, Castries East and Dennery both with a total of 10 calls.
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