President David Granger was on Friday given a status update on the progress of the work of United Nations’ (UN) agencies in Guyana during a courtesy call made by United Nations Resident Coordinator Ms. Mikiko Tanaka at State House.President David Granger is flanked by Minister of Public Affairs, Ms. Dawn Hastings-Williams (left), and United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator Ms. Mikiko TanakaWith hope of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a total of fifteen UN agencies had executed a number of projects in and around the country in 2017. The UN agencies have also conducted several capacity-building programmes with ministries and Government agencies. Added to that, a series of community sensitization projects have been held based on several issues, such as gender-based violence, HIV/AIDS, corporal punishment, and nutrition.President Granger has committed to working with the UN programmes to guarantee their success. And as such, he has appointed Public Affairs Minister Dawn Hastings-Williams to work alongside Ms. Tanaka, to consolidate the UN programmes and to conduct an analysis so that implementation can be more effective.In an attempt to create greater collaborations with the UN agencies, President Granger has invited the Heads of those programmes to a roundtable meeting consisting of Cabinet members.This meeting would allow for direct interaction between cabinet members and the programmes’ heads.
This weekend is Super League’s annual State of Mind round, the only round of fixtures dedicated to mental fitness awareness in UK sport.The England average suicide rate is 15.3 per 100,000 population. In St Helens, it is 27.1 while in Widnes it is 10.7The rate of suicide in the Catalans area (23.1) is higher than the France average (16.9).Dr Phil Cooper, co-founder and trustee of State of Mind, said: “The reason State of Mind was formed was to try and prevent one more person taking their own life. There is always work to do as you can see from the Super League club table of rates of recorded suicides in Super League club areas.“The State of Mind – Offload round of fixtures are one way to get the message across that it’s ok to offload safely and it can have great results in your personal life. There are plenty of opportunities to get help and support that people can access.”It is estimated that the average cost per completed suicide for those of working age only in England is £1.67m.Each suicide is estimated to impact a substantial number of people and men are three times more likely to take their own lives.Since its formation in 2010, State of Mind, along with the RFL and North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust know of 31 men who have told us that the presence of State of Mind has changed their mind about taking their own life.This equates to a potential saving of £51.7m.Rugby League Male Suicide Rates 2014-2016PositionClubEngland AverageSuicides per 100,000 Population1St. Helens15.327.12Catalan Dragons16.9 (France Average)23.13Hull FC15.320.54Hull KR15.320.55Castleford15.318.56Wakefield15.318.57Leeds15.318.38Wigan15.318.19Salford15.317.210Huddersfield15.315.211Warrington15.314.212Widnes15.310.7The information contained above comes from the Office of National Statistics (December, 2017)Note: Wakefield and Castleford come under the same local area as do Hull FC and Hull KR.For information and support on your mental health, visit www.stateofmindsport.org