Guyana: President of Guyana, Dr. Irfaan Ali, received a copy of Neaz Subhan’s book, Coming Back-an Escape from Suicide, during a courtesy visit by the veteran broadcaster on Monday at the Office of the President.
The book chronicles Subhan’s almost five-year battle with depression and suicidal thoughts and highlights how he was able to drag himself through that period to recovery.
The media and theatre personality believes that by making public his own arduous struggles, mental illness can be destigmatized and meaningful discussions can take place. He hopes that the book itself can be found useful to many who are suffering, especially those who suffer in silence.
“With more people coming out, it helps to empower those suffering to seek the necessary help to mitigate the effects of chronic depression.”
Subhan added that he is thankful that President Ali took time from his busy schedule to share the moment.
The Ali administration is focused on overall development, including physical and mental health.
For 2021, the Government has allocated over $70M to address the shortage of essential medication for psychiatric patients, while $26M was also budgeted to build an 18-bed mental health ward at the National Referral Hospital (National Psychiatric Hospital) located in New Amsterdam, Berbice.
Additionally, the Mental Health Act of 1930 is expected to be reviewed and revised to help advance Guyana’s mental health awareness and treatment options.
Reid, a resident of Guyana, said, “You will save lives with your book, do a national tour of GUYANA promoting your book and raising awareness of your struggles and how you overcame.”
Alisa, Talking to Associates Times, noted, “I would like a copy. Please do let me know how I can get a copy. Shalom and ahava, Neaz Subhan.”
Shane added, “This book is a testimony to the human spirit and its triumph over darkness!”