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Sep 9, 2020

Belize to observe World Suicide Prevention Day on Sept. 10th

Myra Sibrian

September tenth marks the World Suicide Prevention Day. To observe the day, the Ministry of Health will hold a “Light a Candle” event to raise awareness of suicide and suicide prevention. Those wishing to participate are asked to light a candle near a window at eight p.m. as a symbol of support for suicide prevention or in remembrance of a loved one. As we reported on Tuesday, suicide has been more successful in men than women in Belize.  For the second year in a row, World Suicide Prevention Day is being held under the theme “Working Together to Prevent Suicide”. In a video released today, Queen of the Bay Designate Myra Sibrian helps the Ministry of Health to raise awareness:


Myra Sibrian, Queen of the Bay Designate

“Greetings Belize, today is National Suicide Prevention Day and September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Most people who consider suicide, they don’t really want to die. They feel hopeless. They feel worthless. Often times they have problems that they think they can’t solve and they think no one else understands them and they see no way out. While no one can truly predict who might attempt suicide or who might die from suicide, it is critical that we are aware of the warning signs. Any change in someone’s behavior is reason to check in on them. If you hear anyone talking about suicide or see them lose interest in things that they used to love to do or if they express feeling hopeless or if they start giving away their things, it is important to say something. Take action – ask them directly – have you been thinking about suicide? Intervene. Let them know that they are not alone, that there is hope. Refer. Further specialized mental health care is available nationwide at the mental health clinics within the Ministry of Health.”

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