GOVERNMENT OF SAINT LUCIA REACTS TO INCREASE IN SUICIDES
The Government of Saint Lucia is deeply perturbed by the recent spate of suicides among the citizenry. Acting Prime Minister Honourable Philip J Pierre has reiterated concerns over the emotional and mental state of citizens experiencing depression and other ailments, which have been proven to significantly contribute to suicidal thoughts and tendencies.
To this end, the Government of Saint Lucia continues plans to intensify its engagement with civil society to find solutions to the rising incidence of suicides.
In a recent interview Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony remarked, “We have to identify persons who are in distress in our community; we have to reach out and touch them and, somehow, see whether we can offer them the opportunity to share their pain, their anger and distress; dissuade them from taking that tragic solution.”
Saint Lucians are urged to utilize the National Health Service helpline by calling the number 203 from a mobile or landline device.
The Government of Saint Lucia wishes to extend condolences to the families grieving the loss of their loved ones.