A second-home owner in Long Island has allegedly committed suicide, according to Member of Parliament (MP) for Long Island Adrian Gibson.
In a Facebook post, Gibson said, the incident took place early Sunday morning.
The incident marks the third suicide in The Bahamas in less than a month.
Calls to the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) were not immediately returned.
The death comes nearly two weeks after police reported another suicide on Bimini.
That incident took place on April 24. Local authorities said they were called to the 200 ft. cruise vessel names “Constance”, which was moored half a mile northwest of North Bimini, around 10:00 p.m.
Upon arrival, police said, they were shown to the second deck where they found the body of a Caucasian man on the floor, with wounds to his left wrist. The man, who police said was a New Zealand native, was pronounced dead by a doctor at the Bimini Community Clinic.
Two weeks before that incident police in New Providence were investigating another alleged suicide, this time in the capital.
According to reports, shortly after 11:00 p.m. on April 11, Wednesday, police were called to a residence in Venetian West.
Upon arrival, officers found the lifeless body of a female lying in bed with a plastic bag wrapped around her head.
Paramedics were called to the scene; however, they were unsuccessful in reviving her
She was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
In the wake of that suicide , health professionals are admonished persons experiencing difficult times to seek professional help.
“We need persons to understand that there are various avenues to seek help before deciding to commit suicide,” said Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre (SRC) Clinical Psychologist Dr. Tracey King.
“Suicide is a complex decision and there is a list of things that can lead a person to consider suicide. But, we must stress that there are many avenues to seek help before getting to this point. Talk to a friend, a family member or seek professional help.”
According to Dr. King, many persons suffer from stressors, which subsequently leave them with their backs against the wall.
“While the first response for some persons may be to talk about it, there are many others who prefer to keep their issues private. This is where family and friends are needed to help out,” she suggested.
“There are usually warning signs which suggests when something is wrong … such as a change in attitude or eating habits. But, its usually because we are not paying attention that we do not notice the signs. Sometimes we see persons acting differently and we do not connect it to a psychological issue or imbalance.”
According to Dr. King, depression is a leading global issue where, “many times you’ll find that persons suffering from depression see suicide as a way out.”