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THE FACTS

The Caribbean Voice noted an editorial in a Guyanese newspaper that referred to suicide as cruel and selfish; it is neither. In fact, there is an abundance of research that indicates that suicide is a desperate act by someone who is in intense pain and wants the pain to stop. That is a HUMAN response to extreme pain, not a selfish one. And over 90 percent of the people who die by suicide have a mental illness at the time of their death, so they are not thinking clearly. Thus while suicide may be irrational it is not  a cruel act but rather  a tragedy that leaves circles of agony and sometimes guilt behind, along with often lasting questions.