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(Trinidad) Increase in self-harm/suicide among young people; counselors "concerned"

Nov 12, 2018, Catholic Philly: Caribbean counselors troubled by increase in suicide among young people http://catholicphilly.com/2018/11/news/world-news/caribbean-counselors-troubled-by-increase-in-suicide-among-young-people/ PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CNS) — Local counselors are concerned about a growing tendency among adolescents and young adults to choose suicide or self-harm and the limited scope of ministry available in local Catholic parishes for suicide prevention or family healing. “I can tell you what I have seen, because I work specifically with young people, most times in Trinidad,” said Margaret Johnston, a counselor with the Franciscan Institute for Personal and Family Development, which also operates in Grenada and St. Lucia. “I’ve had girls come to me, and they will say they’re cutting themselves and, from cutting they will say, ‘Well, I really want to kill myself.'” Caribbean boys are seldom so open but, in the right setting, will tell all, she said. “Recently, we’ve seen a lot of depression in boys, teenage boys; that’s something that happens all the time,” said Johnston, whose work through schools gives her access to adolescents of various religious and economic backgrounds. “Sometimes, they talk about killing themselves, and boys are doing cutting, as well. So, that’s something that’s come up repeatedly in our workshops.” With a system of overworked school counselors, disbelieving families or otherwise “good behavior,” it is possible to miss a call for help. …