Another Sus­pected Sui­cide Recorded

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Toni Ni­cholas

Saint Lu­cia has recorded another sui­cide. On Fri­day morn­ing a 29-year-old man was found dead as a re­sult of a sus­pected sui­cide. The body of Ni­cos Felix was dis­cov­ered at his home in Sar­rot, Bexon.

An op­po­si­tion MP who knew the de­ceased spoke with the STAR on Fri­day fol­low­ing news of the sus­pected sui­cide. “I’ve known him from the time I started rep­re­sent­ing the com­mu­nity, since 2005,” the MP for Castries south-east, Guy Joseph, said. “He was al­ways a jovial fella and some­body I al­ways checked for when­ever I was in the area. I also re­call giv­ing him some work in the com­mu­nity when I was a min­is­ter,” Joseph rec­ol­lected.

Asked whether he had any de­tails of a pos­si­ble rea­son why Felix would take his life, Joseph had this to say: “I have spo­ken to the fam­ily that he was liv­ing with. They are not very sure about what would have led him to com­mit the sui­cide.”

The for­mer gov­ern­ment min­is­ter went on to dis­close, how­ever, that a few weeks ago he did en­counter the de­ceased who ap­peared de­pressed. “He seemed more on the quiet side at the time when I spoke to him. I asked him what was wrong and he told me he had not been work­ing for a while and if there’s any­thing that he could get to do. I told him, ‘Well the job mar­ket is very dif­fi­cult now, there’s not re­ally any­thing go­ing on,’ ” Joseph ex­plained.

He also ac­knowl­edged that he was aware that the young mad had some men­tal is­sues, which the STAR was also able to con­firm. “He had un­der­gone some treat­ment and was tak­ing some med­i­ca­tion as far as I know,” Joseph said.

Felix’s body was found on his knees with a rope around his neck and po­lice have al­ready ruled out foul play.

Fol­low­ing a spike in the is­land’s sui­cide rate in 2014, a sui­cide hot­line was launched in May of this year. At present, there are 12 trained vol­un­teers who are avail­able round the clock seven days a week to take calls, of­fer coun­selling and pro­vide ad­di­tional sup­port.

Co­or­di­na­tor of the Castries Sev­enth-day Ad­ven­tist church­spon­sored Sui­cide Preven­tion Life­line is Dr. Franklin Bray, a clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist and min­is­ter of re­li­gion. Since open­ing, the “life­line” has re­port­edly re­ceived more than twenty calls from per­sons of var­i­ous ages, young and old.

De­spite the re­cent launch of a sui­cide hot­line, the is­land con­tin­ues to grap­ple with in­ci­dents of

sui­cide and at­tempted sui­cide.

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