Ten people committed suicide in Puerto Rico over the Christmas holidays. Five of these occurred over the last three days, during the Three Kings weekend.
Clearly, a mental health crisis is developing in Puerto Rico.
The first five suicides were reported over an eight-day period (December 22-28).
December 22 – 64-year old man in Bayamón
December 23 – 27-year old man in Ceiba
December 27 – 50-year old man in Rincón
December 30 – 42-year old man in Añasco
Then during the Three Kings weekend (January 6-8) five more suicides were reported in Bayamón, Juana Díaz, Ciales, Ponce and Cidra.
Evidence of great stress on the island
Some patterns were evident in these suicides.
Nine out of ten were men.
Eight out of ten were over 40 years old. The other two were 29 and 27.
These were not unstable children or teenagers. They were mature adults with an average age of 47.
According to Dr. Amarillis Ramos Rivera, this wave of suicides “clearly indicates that our people are undergoing a mental health crisis.”
Dr. Rivera is not a general practitioner. She is a clinical psychologist and president of Grupo SEPI – aka Grupo de Servicios Especializados en Psicología e Intergativos. – one of the largest psychological service organizations in Puerto Rico.
Lessons from Durkheim
Emile Durkheim is often cited as a principal architect of modern social science, and the “father of sociology.”
His book Suicide was the first statistical, culturally-based study of self-inflicted death. Published one year before the US invasion of Puerto Rico (1897), the book established a methodological approach to studying social phenomena.
Using case studies and statistics, Durkheim analyzed suicide and its social causes. He found strong positive correlations between suicide and all of the following:
Sociopathic Puerto Rico
In 2017, Puerto Rico is suffering through every single one of the above factors.
For over a century, its resources and economy have been ransacked by the US.
For exactly one century (1917-2017) it has had a schizophrenic existence. Puerto Ricans are “US citizens” but the entire island – the ground on which they walk – is a “territorial possession” of the US.
For decades, it has been robbed and victimized by sociopaths called “governors” and “mayors.”
Today its economy, infrastructure and pension system are being sucked dry by Wall Street.
Goat-sized potholes are swallowing cars on the highways.
Drug-dealing and food stamps are one-third of the island’s economy.
The Jones Act enables US corporations to rob everyone on the island. Everything (including food) costs 15-20% more than it should, and cars cost $6,000 more in San Juan than in Miami.
PREPA poisons the air with illegal oil fumes, and blasts the island with electrical blackouts, while handing out millions of dollars in political payoffs.
Governors fire 30,000 public workers and hand out $9 billion in “private contracts,” then escape to Washington as “economic reformers.” (Luis Fortuño)
A political bagman is so brazen, that he installs a phony “telephone system” in the Puerto Rico legislature that does not work…then he charges over $400,000 for it. (Anaudi Hernandez)
To lift the island’s economy, the Secretary of Economic Development proposes “medical tourism”…in which the bodily organs of car crash victims and dead drug dealers, could be sold to aging US millionaires. (Alberto Bacó)
A bill called PROMESA creates a Financial Control Board…not to arrest the robbers who stole billions and recover some of their loot…but to blame everyone who voted for them, reduce their minimum wage, and terminate their pensions to “revive” the economy.
Some of those billion-dollar robbers are MEMBERS of the Control Board.
Puerto Rico is rapidly becoming the island of magic realism…where public corruption and STP (Stupidity of Those in Power) have reached lethal, surrealistic levels.
Is it any wonder that one million people fled the island over the past 15 years, or that suicide levels are rising?
For a history of the War Against All Puerto Ricans, read the book…
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