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NCFC and One Struggle speaks on suicide of 7 year old

Two organizations that work with families have spoken out on the death of seven year old Antwone Marin from Seine Bight Village in the Stann Creek District. The National Committee for Families and Children (NCFC) and One Struggle have both expressed their sympathy to the child’s family.  Statements from both organizations speak of  Article 19 of the United Nations Rights of a Child (CRC), which states that children are to be protected from being hurt and mistreated both in body and mind. According to the NCFC, the Epidemiology Unit within the Ministry of Health released statistics stating that from 2012-2016, fifteen children between the ages of ten to fourteen committed suicide. The NCFC says hurt is not only to be considered physical, but psychological as well.  When children are exposed to various traumas, abuses, and experiences, they also suffer from mental illness and depression. Both press releases urge parents, families, teachers, religious leaders, community leaders and every adult to be aware of children who are around them. They too are capable of thinking, feeling and experiencing different emotions. They encourage the society to yield to the stigma of mental illness and depression, which creates a barrier in persons seeking assistance when psychological and psychiatric help is needed. The NCFC and One struggle encourage and applaud the investigative authorities such as the Police Department, the Department of Human Services and the Ministry of Human Development, in doing all they can to get to the bottom of the tragedy. The organizations also sponsor training on the “Suicide prevention in Youth” program for social workers, youths and community workers in Belize.