[www.inewsguyana.com] – Psychiatrist attached to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), Dr Bhiro Harry has revealed that the administrative regions that are most affected by suicide are regions 6, 4, 3, 2 and 5.
He says that the majority of the persons who commit suicide are of Indo-Guyanese descent.
He told health personnel at Herdmanston Lodge recently during a forum to address mental health that “for every 10, 25 to 30 attempts, one person die. Females attempt to commit suicide much more than males and 50% of the persons who commit suicide are between 12 and 25 years old. Surprisingly, Pentecostals and Hindus are at par in suicide rate when religions were looked at.”
Dr. Harry said the most common method of suicide is ingestion of poisonous substance, followed by hanging.
“We are hoping to have a mental health institute for training doctors/nurses to become qualified in order to satisfy the needs of our people. We are having two additional psychiatrists coming to Guyana; one is expected to be placed at Suddie Essequibo Coast and the other at the National Psychiatric Institution,” Dr. Harry said.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has deemed Guyana the suicide capital of the world, but Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr. Roger Luncheon, believes the numbers are being exaggerated since the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and WHO’s calculations does not accurately reflect what is recorded by the Guyana Police Force and the Health Ministry.