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Trinidad and Tobago

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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

Trinidad and Tobago, officially known as the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, is located in the southern Caribbean Sea. These two beautiful islands offer a rich cultural tapestry with influences from African, Indian, European, and Indigenous traditions. Calypso music, known for lively tunes, comes alive during carnival, a colourful and spirited celebration with elaborate costumes and vibrant parades.

Christianity is the largest religious community with a lively mix of Evangelical, Baptist and Roman Catholic denominations and vibrant Hindu and Muslim communities. These major faiths intermingle with traditional Caribbean spirituality and indigenous beliefs, creating a unique religious landscape.

The legal system in Trinidad and Tobago is Common Law. Like many nations with colonial histories, Trinidad and Tobago inherited laws from the British colonial era. There have been arrests for attempted suicide recorded in Trinidad and Tobago in recent years, and legal opinion suggests the offence remains in existence.

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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