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Bahamas: Suicides increase in 2020; COP says some resulted from domestic disputes involving “weak” men

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — While he could not attribute the slight uptick in suicides in 2020 to the coronavirus pandemic, Commissioner of Police Paul Rolle said some of those incidents involved domestic relationships with “weak” men.

There was a 38 percent increase in suicides in The Bahamas, with 11 incidents recorded as opposed to the eight in 2019.

Of that number, 10 of the victims were men and one was a woman — who was between the age of 46 and 60.

Rolle indicated that one of the men was under the age of 18; two were between the ages of 18 and 30; five were between 31 and 45; and two were between the ages of 46 and 60.

Meanwhile, there was a 20 percent reduction in attempted suicides, with 45 incidents recorded compared to 56 incidents in 2019.

Of that number, 40 occurred on New Providence and five on Grand Bahama.

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