Over the past few days Guyana’s suicide rate has skyrocketed as a number of persons, particularly young people, have been ending their lives, leaving many to question what are the reasons for so many persons wanting to kill themselves.
The most recent case is that of 21 year-old Michael Stoby of Lot 659 Section D, South Sophia, Greater Georgetown who was discovered by his father hanging from the roof in his living room on Wednesday evening around 20:00h.
According to reports reaching Inews, Stoby’s relatives are still not certain as to what may have led the young man to take his own life. Stoby’s mother and sister both expressed complete disbelief that the young man was depressed to the point that he would commit suicide.
Family members said that the young father did not display any signs of suicidal tendencies even though he was going through a rough patch with his children’s mother.
The young man leaves to mourn his parents, sister, and two children.
Over the past few weeks, calls have been mounting from various segments of the society for the Government and other stakeholders to step up to the challenge and do more to tackle the rising cases of suicide gripping the country.