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LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX! — Truth Or Dare: The Ramblings of A live Wire

DISCLAIMER! The word sex will be used a number of times in this article. If you are uncomfortable by its use then I do recommend that you read all the way to the end as it may change your perspective. Now that we have gotten that out-of-the-way let’s talk about sex! Sex is a powerful […]… Continue reading LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX! — Truth Or Dare: The Ramblings of A live Wire


THE GUYANA I WANT| The Sad, The Mad and The Obeah Man

Guyana, the only English-speaking country in South America with a landmass similar to that of the United kingdom and an estimated total population of 750,000 is home to one of the world’s largest untouched rainforest. Since its discovery, Guyana has been known for its pristine rainforests and the world’s largest single drop waterfall, the magnificent Kaieteur Fall.

Amidst all of this life, and in the last decade Guyana’s claim to fame has been shifted to something more sinister and even more daunting. According to the WHO 2012 report Guyana suicide rate hangs at 44.2 per 100,000 people. This figure is markedly high compared to 28.9 seen in South Korea, the country with the second highest rate and a total population of 50.22 million (2013).

Interestingly, tomorrow October 10th, Guyana along with the rest of the world will observe World Mental Health day under the theme “psychological first aid and the support people can provide to those in distress”.  I believe this is a fitting theme as Guyana is in dire need of psychological first aid as Guyana’s mental health issues are multifaceted.

It is disheartening to know that over the years Guyana mental health issues have continued to be neglected. As such, persons living with mental illnesses have been for the most part left to drown as there is little to no avenue for them to be helped.

Sadly, a major reason for this is the perception of many citizens. Many still believe that people who are living with mental illnesses are either just sad, mad or is the “Obeah man do dem”.

In many instances supernatural intervention has been attributed to afflictions of Guyanese with mental illnesses and as a result many Guyanese do not view these diseases as real. This has resulted in a population who are either afraid to seek help out of fear of being considered weak, laughed at or stigmatized. Or those who are not concerned with supporting others in distress.

Further, with only Five (yes 5!!!) full-time professional psychiatrists in the country efforts by the Ministry of Public Health to effectively improve Guyana’s mental healthcare are crippled. Moreover, a lack of facilities and a fully functioning mental health strategy puts a strain on the human resources available. This coupled with cultural norms have continued to be the catalyst for the surge in negative outcomes of mental illnesses in Guyana.

While we must applaud the efforts of the Government, FBO’s and NGO’s who have over the last two years paid special emphasis on suicide awareness and prevention, we must recognise that many other mental illnesses still remain neglected. I believe the reason for this is that there is popular belief that Guyana has a suicide problem.

However, suicide is but a symptom of Guyana’s real issue which is that Guyana has a mental health problem. One that has stemmed from lack of resources. From poverty, poor working and living conditions, little to no avenues to express self in a safe space. From substance abuse and misuse, and the resulting negative impact alcohol and illicit drug use have had on our people. From Guyanese not being equipped with good coping mechanisms albeit from lack of education by the lay populace on mental issues.

As a result, and until we start taking the necessary actions and making meaningful steps towards eradicating generations of cultural beliefs, improving our mental health facilities, providing more positive avenues to express self, and improving the lives of our poorest people; suicide, depression, and the other mental illnesses Guyanese are plagued by will continue to exist. Until we begin to render psychological first aid to our citizens in distress we will never be able to effectively resuscitate the mental health of this country. However if we do not act now, and, unlike our forests, Guyana will become a desert void of mentally healthy citizens.


Muzzled Media and Backtracking

Over the past week Guyana’s media corps – well some of it – has been fuming over reports that the Prime Minister’s Office will overlook the daily headlines of the Guyana Chronicle – a claim which has been sternly denied by the Office of the Prime Minister. This of course, according to the report will… Continue reading Muzzled Media and Backtracking


Clinging to the traditional scopes of masculinity – is Guyana ready to move on?

It’s a complete shame that Guyanese youths have not been granted the privilege and freedom to embrace and explore “nonconformity, instead they have to adhere to societal norms or face the option of being ostracized – detrimental developments. How are you supposed to be unique when you’re to follow the crowd? It’s practically saying ‘you can be anything you want but not yourself.’


Expectations of the New Government: The Reduction of Sexual Violence is a Battle We Must All Fight

It is said that the success of a Government and by extension the development of a nation can be measured by the way the most vulnerable citizens are treated. The elderly, children, and women are often times if not always a part of the nation’s vulnerable citizens. As such, as we prepare to usher in… Continue reading Expectations of the New Government: The Reduction of Sexual Violence is a Battle We Must All Fight


The truth about racism – Expectations of a Unity Government

The answer would be some pretty negative shit that we as humans have no need for? Why the big hue and cry over who is black and who is Indo and who is in power? Guyanese feel that because “a black man in power” Afro-Guyanese will be granted certain privileges? F**k NO! The respect I have for this man the person I think he is. Such a thought doesn’t sit well with me.