Reports reaching INews today indicated that a 13-year-old secondary school student (name withheld) of Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo is Guyana’s latest suicide victim. INews understands that the teen was found hanging in her bedroom on Tuesday around 12 pm.
The Vergenoegen Secondary School student was discovered by her guardian, Rojinie Sobers around Tuesday Midday, minutes after the child went upstairs to take a nap.
Sobers said the discovery was made when she went upstairs to check on the teen, after numerous calls for her went unanswered.
While the motive for the teen’s action is not yet known, the child’s grandmother Stephanie Fredricks said that the family found a note allegedly written by the teen expressing her love for a 17-year-old boy.
Guyana’s suicide rate continues to escalate out of control and many are of the view that Government, in spite of its promises to tackle the scourge head-on, has so far done very little in this regard.
The sudden upsurge in suicide on the Essequibo Coast in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) within the past 30 days, coupled with the recent tragic incident in Berbice where a 14-year-old girl and her 20-year-old male paramour hung themselves, has become cause for concern.
Additionally, on Sunday alone, four other persons attempted to take their own lives in Region Two, prompting many to intensify the call for greater action at the national level to comprehensively and holistically address this social bane, particularly for the Government to act swiftly.