…says conditions inhumane, NGOs outragedReports that a 15-year-old girl who attempted to take her own life has been placed in the National Psychiatric Hospital at Canje, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), has sparked outrage from several agencies.National Psychiatric Hospital at CanjeThe teenager has since said that she cannot live under those conditions and is pleading for assistance.She was reportedly placed there with only a piece of sponge to sleep on, which she said is smelly and the surroundings are unsanitary and inhumane.Only recently British High Commissioner Greg Quinn renewed calls in support of the decriminalisation of attempted suicide. In Guyana, suicide or attempted suicide is considered a criminal offence with punishment ranging from five to ten years’ imprisonment.It was in July that the British High Commissioner made the call as he noted that suicide was removed from the list of criminal offences in England and Wales since 1961 and such actions should follow through for Guyana as well because it eliminates the stigma for surviving family members. In Guyana, there is a holding centre for criminal juvenile offenders but none for juveniles who have issues in association with suicide attempts.Meanwhile, following several attempts at suicide, Police took the teenager to the National Psychiatric Hospital where she was admitted.According to a source close to the institution, it is the protocol to have persons on suicide watch placed in a ward without anything but a mattress to sleep on. In this case, the mattress is just a piece of sponge.According to the teenager, she attempted to take her own life on numerous occasions because she was sexually molested but relatives did nothing to help her.“I am not going to be able to live here. I can’t live under these conditions,” she said.The Caribbean Voice, an NGO which focuses on anti-violence with a specific focus on mental health issues inclusive of suicide and social justice, has expressed outrage.Managing Director Bibi Ahmad told this publication that the teenager would have been diagnosed by a medical person at the National Psychiatric Hospital.“They had to do an assessment of her before they put her into that facility and her mother would have signed a consent form before she could have been placed there.”However, Ahmad said that if there are reports of sexual assault, the psychiatric hospital should investigate further and get the Child Care and Protection Agency involved.“The Child Care and Protection Agency should be involved because it is a minor,” Ahmad explained.Director of the Child Care and Protection Agency, Ann Green when contacted told this publication that she was unaware of the situation but promised to investigate.Meanwhile, weighing in on the issue, head of the Humanitarian Mission Guyana Inc, Suresh Sugrim noted that there are no centres for underage persons who need special attention, noting that there is a huge stigma attached to the National Psychiatric Hospital.“These are teenagers who are in need, should be handled and taken care of differently from adults. The human rights activists need to be called in to remove that child from that institution immediately. I was offering the Mission’s facility at Port Mourant for full-time counselling for adolescents, and because of politicians in the region and their self-interests, it was shut down,” Sugrim said.The Mission, two years ago, had given a section of the building at Port Mourant to the Public Health Ministry for that purpose.“Without proper sleep, attention and professional medical help, nothing is going to change in the mental state of these adolescents! Isn’t a mental institution partly medical? Why is this place dirty and smelling? Why is it lacking the proper necessities a mental institution should have?” he questioned while noting that such situations could be one of the contributory factors of the region having such a high suicide rate.Efforts to get a comment from the National Psychiatric Hospital were futile. (Andrew Carmichael)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 After the dominant season she enjoyed in 2004, perhaps the NCAA thought it would give Cal State San Bernardino a competitive edge if she returned. The real message is that athletes will be held accountable for their decisions, even those that may be right. There is no wiggle room for athletes. If Harris would have been hurt, chances are she would have received a medical redshirt season. But this was a personal decision and there is nothing in the NCAA rule book pertaining to that. … Elliott Sadler, winner of the inaugural Labor Day Sunday race at California Speedway, will be up close and personal with fans next Monday. The driver of the M&Ms Ford for Robert Yates Racing will be working the ticket window from noon to 1 p.m. at Fontana. As an added incentive, the first 95 fans in line will receive a goody bag from various NASCAR Nextel Cup sponsors. 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Travis Tartamella of Los Osos was quickest among the catchers with a time of 7.02. … Time to change the opening and closing ceremonies script at the Little League Western Regional Tournament in San Bernardino. Or just the part that splits California into two states. With the exception of the two teams from the Golden State, all the tourney entrants are state champions. However, the teams from Northern and Southern California are regional champs. So it made no sense to identify the team from Tracy as the “North California state champions.” There is no state of Northern California, or Southern California for that matter. Of course, that could change. … Special memo for Joey: Oh, the heartbreak of witnessing the crushing of such a strong visual image of your baseball mentor. The memories of the past have been shattered. Where did he get that flower? Better than that, where did he get that rug? 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Without ol’ Jerry to kick around, the NCAA has decided to go after “offensive Indian nicknames.” But only in the playoffs. It’s a bad call either way. Either ban the names altogether or not at all. And did the NCAA research the issue before the ruling, or anticipate the court costs when certain Native American groups sue? … Little League, part 2: There are some who believe the actual starting times in San Bernardino are later than advertised so that vendors can sell more hot dogs, sodas and shaved ice. Not a thought with much validity. However, tourney officials should do a better job of tightening the schedule. Despite the extraordinary amount of games called early, the games still ran late. Louis Brewster is Sports Editor of The Sun. His column appears Tuesday. He can be reached at (909) 386-3935 or email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!