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Saint Kitts and Nevis


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Saint Kitts and Nevis

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Is Suicide Decriminalised?

Has the country decriminalised suicide, with clear legal frameworks and policy positions?


Are Crisis Lines Available?

Is free, confidential support from a helpline or hotline available? Status provided by find a helpline.


National Suicide Prevention Strategy?

Is there a national suicide prevention strategy, such as from the WHO, and does include decriminalisation, if known?


Population in Need of Support Per Year

Based on the WHO likely attempted suicide rate.

As a calculation of population size against suicide rate

Strength Of Support (Local Qualitative Assessment)

Political Support

Civil Society Support

Religious / Cultural Support

Legislative Activity

Suicide Rate Per 100K Per Year, all Sexes (SDG 3.4.2)

per 100,000
WHO 2019 for SDG 3.4.2. Global average 1 per 100,000

Suicide Deaths Per Year (By Population)

per annum
As a calculation of population size against suicide rate

St. Kitts and Nevis, officially known as the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, is located in the Caribbean, in the West Indies. The country boasts a unique blend of colonial and indigenous architectural styles, with colourful Caribbean cottages and historic plantation houses dotting the landscape. The local cuisine features dishes like "conch chowder" and "spiny lobster," showcasing a delightful fusion of flavours from the sea.

St. Kitts and Nevis are famous for their white sandy beaches and lush rainforests, vital for a country which relies on tourism and agriculture. The mostly African and African-European population is renowned for their hospitality and vibrant culture, particularly during Carnival season.

Christianity is the dominant faith in the form of Anglicanism and Catholicism. Rastafarianism and various Afro-Caribbean spiritual practices contribute to the country's unique cultural identity.

St. Kitts and Nevis has an English Common Law legal system inherited from the colonial era when, historically, suicide was a crime. Although suicide was struck from the statutes in England in 1961, it has remained in the corpus of other laws around the world.

The World Health Organization (WHO) advocates for the decriminalisation of suicide and suicide attempts. Finding out more and removing such laws removes stigma and allows avenues for providing appropriate mental health support to individuals in crisis.

Criminalising suicide punishes distress. Decriminalising suicide saves lives.

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