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The Department of Health has shared an online support directory for people suffering from depressive and suicidal thoughts.

The update was shared ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, 2022.

The website, www.findcarett.comis a directory of mental health and psychosocial support services provided by the Trinidad and Tobago Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Network Technical Working Group which was activated in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The directory was developed by the Mindwise project.

Some of the “red flags” that may indicate people may need help include:

  • pain that feels overwhelming or unbearable
  • solitude
  • constant negative thoughts
  • feel like others would be better off without you
  • difficulty explaining why you feel this way

The website includes resources through the World Health Organization (WHO) and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) as well as contact information for local free mental health providers.

In the case of suicide prevention, the website lists the following information:

Ministry of Health, Mental Health Unit

Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tel: 285-9126 ext. 2577, 2571, 2573 and 2590

safety rope

  • 800-5588 TOLL FREE
  • 866-5433 TOLL FREE
  • 220-3636

In case of emergency (suicide attempt), the public can contact 990, 811, 999 or contact

Emergency care resources

St. Ann’s Psychiatric Hospital

Sainte-Anne Road, Sainte-Anne

624-1151

The website also lists tips to help someone with suicidal thoughts:

“What you can do to support someone considering suicide:

  • Ask – Don’t be afraid to ask if anyone is thinking about suicide. Check in with your friends, family and colleagues. Ask if you might be worried.

  • Listen – Be patient and non-judgmental when people share their thoughts and feelings about their pain. Try to be understanding and be aware of how you listen. Give your full attention and show concern. Be aware of your nonverbal reactions.

  • Support – People thrive on supportive relationships and appropriate intervention. Encourage people to seek help before they have a crisis. Ask them how you can support them during their difficult time.”

See www.findcarett.com for more information.