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Suicide Prevention: Everybody’s Business

Suicide Prevention: Everybody’s Business
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September 04
07:15 2014

Suicide is everyone’s business and members of every community should work hand in hand to reduce the cases of suicide in our country.

This was the message at the Empower Pacific symposium on Suicide Prevention today at the Tanoa Waterfront Hotel in Lautoka yesterday.

The theme ‘One World Connected’ was a reflection that anyone can be vulnerable to suicide.

Professor Ram Mohan Malesu, a consultant with the Ministry of Health, says it is important to get everyone involved in the awareness of suicide prevention.

“This is one of the most important aspects ahead of the World Suicide Prevention Day to get awareness among each and every one of us of the effects of suicide on the community,” said Professor Malesu.

He said while emphasis is often placed on the victim, there is a need for systems to look into the people close to the victim.

“It is also important to think about all the people involved, that is, friends and family members of the victim,” he said.

“It is a very traumatic situation so it is very important that we try to reduce the rate to a minimum,,” he said.

He said everyone has a role to play especially at the community level, where one person can help the other.

Present at the symposium venue were community members, representatives from various organisations and school students.

Dr Isimeli Tukana, of the Ministry of Health, stressed the need for parents to play an active role when it comes to their children showing signs of depression.

He called for better communication lines between parents and children.

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