The Massy Group in Guyana awarded winners of its Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Poetry Competition at a simple award ceremony on December 8, 2021.
On September 10, World Suicide Prevention Day was observed under the theme “Creating Hope Through Action” and in their fight to spread awareness of how serious the issue of suicide is, the company hosted a poetry competition from September 1 through October 10, 2021.
The competition was open to persons between the ages of 11 and 35.
The competition saw fifty-one entries in two categories – the senior category (19-35 years) and the junior category (11-18 years) – from persons who were required to write, recite and upload a poem on suicide prevention and/or mental health on any of Massy’s social media platforms.
The competition yielded four winners, two from each stated category. The two second-place winners of the competition are Jomar Knights (senior category) and Atishta Seenarine (junior category).
Renika Anand and Cheri Frank took the covenant first place in the junior and senior category, respectively.
According to the World health Organisation, some 700,000 people die from suicide every year and it is the fourth leading cause of death amongst persons between the ages of 15 and 19.
The Massy Group encourages everyone to educate themselves on the tell-tale signs of suicide, with the intention of reaching out and assisting.
The public is also encouraged to call the lifelines: 223-0001, 223-0009, 600-7896, or 623-4444 if they know anyone who may have intention to commit suicide.