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9 secondary school pupils have died by suicide in 3 years

9 secondary school pupils who were clinically diagnosed with depression have died by suicide in the last 3 years.

And a total of 63 pupils at the secondary school level and 22 at the primary school level, who were also clinically diagnosed as being depressed, have died but the period of time was not given yesterday by Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries Avinash Singh, who was speaking at a Joint Select Committee on Social Services and Public Administration.

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Singh called for vacancies within the Ministry of Education’s Student Support Services Division (SSSD) to be filled with urgency.

“The sad statistics that we have lost nine secondary school students in the last three years, if this is not critical enough for whatever mechanism to be employed to have these vacancies filled to at least give students the fighting chance, I want to indicate that we really need to do better in terms of getting the Teaching Service Commission and all the Services Commissions to understand that one child’s loss is too much,” he said.

“And we need to do everything in our authority and power to ensure that we don’t blame the death of a child due to suicide to being short-staffed or having no personnel in certain schools and certain districts,” he added.

Singh also indicated that, according to written submissions by the SSSD, this country lost a total of 63 pupils at the secondary school level and 22 at the primary school level, who were clinically diagnosed as being depressed.

He said the submissions also noted that more female pupils than males were diagnosed with clinical depression between 2020 and 2021.

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The JSC yesterday enquired into the mental health and psychological services available to the population during the Covid-19 pandemic, with specific focus on measures to curb substance abuse and suicide.

9 secondary school pupils die by suicide  Trinidad & Tobago Express Newspapers

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