Screen_Shot_2014-06-11_at_8.18.04_PMDid you know that suicide is one of the leading causes of death worldwide? The good news though is that data shows that in Belize the suicide rate is relatively low in comparison to other countries. However, one suicide is one too many and the more we increase our knowledge of suicide, the stigma, which is a major barrier to suicide prevention will hopefully gradually disappear.


For this week alone, two persons, one male and one female, have taken their lives and no one seems to know why. Rosalia Juchim, Psychiatric Nurse at the Corozal Community Hospital for the past nine years, has been working hand in hand with students and teachers in order to bring awareness about the topic. According to Juchim, in the Corozal District she has seen an increase in suicide cases.


Rosalia Juchim - Psychiatric Nurse


“Recent figures show that yes we have approximately 5 to 6 people attempting for this year 2014 but also for the people who completed we have children of school age and we do have a program that we try to carry on especially in schools, suicide prevention and we do the talk for teacher and session for students also but what we have not target would be like parents, they are always buys with work or not presenting themselves at school when teacher sends for them and even sometimes they do visit the schools they won’t really solve whatever issue the teacher might have mentioned for us psychiatric nurses have tried last month and early this month to have a meeting with the councilors from each high school, secondary and tertiary so that we can have some suicide prevention programs in school.”

In many cases it is impossible to accurately answer the question that is most asked. Why did the victim choose death over life? What we do know though, is that statistics show that young people are the ones most vulnerable to commit suicide.


Rosalia Juchim - Psychiatric Nurse


“We know that that age range adolescence could be a critical stage where we have the identity versus the role confusion, we have several, several issues there where the person is trying to find who that individual is or would be in the future, if it a male would you behave as a man or will act more as a female, I think the critical stage there is that sometime that person don’t have that support from family or the school or maybe the teacher or friends or the community on a whole.”


Some factors that contribute to committing the act are the feeling of intense emotional pain, which is reported to be more painful than physical pain, hopelessness and isolation.

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