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We Need To Act Now

We Need To Act Now
September 18
01:01 2015

One of the biggest Fijian schools has called for more parental love to help prevent suicide.

As the Ministry of Education and Fijian schools spend the day today discussing the prevention and effects of suicide, Suva Grammar School (SGS), says awareness and prevention should start with parents at home.

“Suicide has become a growing problem and we have to act now,” SGS vice-principal Apisai Qereqeretabua said.

“The whole nation needs to stop this by reinforcing suicide topics in workplaces and not only in schools. We need to inform people that suicide has now hit the spotlight and a number of innocent lives are involved just because they were in a hurtful position and made wrong decisions.”

Mr Qereqeretabua said children needed to know that their lives were important.

“Everything that a child learns start from home. Schools are the receiving end and parents need to address this matter to their children and support them in every way.

“We should reinforce this issue at school and let’s remind children that suicide is not the answer and we should use the social media to help inform others about the seriousness of this issue.”

Mr Qereqeretabua praised the Ministry in organising such a day.

“We at Suva Grammar School have been enlightening students on this issue and the topic suicide has been a venture for the whole week.

“Today’s suicide awareness programme will include students sharing their views on what they think should be done to stop children from committing suicide,” he said.


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