The Star (St. Lucia) - - COMMENT -

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.

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