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Sep 11, 2020

There’s an Urgent Need to Discuss Suicide Prevention!!

Morgan Francisco Junior

The Francisco family is tonight reeling over the unfortunate death of one of their own. Morgan Francisco Junior took his own life on September tenth as the world observed Suicide Prevention Day. Francisco Junior, according to his family, was suffering from bouts of severe depression and on Thursday night, an encounter with the police over a face mask on Peter Seco Street, Belize City, became the last straw for him.  Here is Isani Cayetano with a report.


Isani Cayetano

September tenth is commemorated annually as World Suicide Prevention Day.  Unfortunately, it will also be remembered by the Francisco family as the day their loved one took his own life.  On Thursday morning, Morgan Francisco Jr., after a bout with severe depression, turned a knife on himself under an extremely unusual, if not altogether bizarre, circumstance.  He had just asked a next door neighbour to identify a pastor with whom he can talk to, when a police mobile appeared on the scene and an officer summoned him over to inquire about the use of a face mask.


Morgan Francisco Sr., Father of Deceased

“My son got up yesterday and said he wanted a pastor and went to talk with the neighbour and told her that he wants a pastor.  After the neighbor answered him and tell him what she told him, she called me from behind the yard where I do my furniture and speak with me, you know, and tell me that we have to pray for our children and different things, and slowly the police mobile came.”


Morgan then retreated inside the house, only for the officer to call out for him to answer to not having worn a face mask moments earlier.


Morgan Francisco Sr.

Morgan Francisco Sr.

“So when the police came, my son reversed back inside the house after calling him to tell him about putting in his mask, he went inside and got the knife and stabbed himself right under the heart.”


Isani Cayetano

“Mr. Morgan, I understand that your son had some serious personal issues that he was dealing with as well and this may have been the trigger that led to him taking his own life.  Can you speak to us about some of those issues that he was battling with?”


Morgan Francisco Sr.

“What happened is that he had a girl that has two kids, not for him, she had two kids for someone else and she lured him to go to Gardenia with her and he tried to make life with her and tried to take care of the children, having no job, no money and tried to help her.”


According to the father, despite his son’s best effort, nothing he did was good enough for the woman and they would gradually part ways.  In the days after the separation, his lovelorn namesake fell into deep depression.

Morgan Francisco Sr.

“It’s sad the way some women treat men, you know, especially trying without a salary.  The relationship, I’d have to say, we have to be careful, really careful because people using people, you know, one another now, like it’s a common thing, you know.”


Earlier this week, the Ministry of Health, during an episode of Ask The Experts, discussed the issue of suicide among men, particularly during these COVID times.


Juliet Simmons, Psychotherapist

“So these are definitely factors that would contribute to suicidal ideation: the unemployment rate, the financial stress that people are having.  So these are definitely things that we do pay attention to.  But I also want to mention that people talk or they may mention about their unbearable emotional pain as well because that is another high factor for suicide.”


Aimee Jex, President, Mental Health Association

“Sometimes because we have limitations and gender roles, nobody will talk about unbearable emotional pain.  So yes, it is there, it is present but how do people express it?  They will say, I don’t feel…”


Juliet Simmons

“It’s definitely something that is not easy to express.”


Aimee Jex

“I don’t feel like myself or things are just out of my control or I don’t think I could live this way, as you had previously said.  And so, they won’t necessarily talk about unbearable emotional… and so it’s very much about picking up on little things about the language.  Again, picking up on that sense of helplessness, picking up on that sense of worthlessness.  So if you know someone who’s always putting himself or herself down, if you know someone who consistently tells you, I really can’t do anything about this anymore… those are the things you really want to pick up on.”


Isani Cayetano reporting for News Five.

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