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Children’s Suicide Statistics Shocking

Children’s Suicide Statistics Shocking
Editorial
April 05
11:32 2017

Deputy Commissioner of Police Isikeli Ligairi’s expression of concern about suicide cases in the country is an understatement. There is an urgent need to go all out and create public awareness about the rise in children suicides.

Speaking at the National Symposium on Suicide Prevention, he said people needed to talk about this serious issue that suicide victims are getting younger.

DPC Ligairi said the average age of suicide and attempted suicide cases now is 16. Statistics showed that in 2011, three children under the age of 16 attempted to take their own lives.

In 2016, 10 children took their own lives and 14 attempted while so far this year there has been one suicide case and one attempted suicide.

The loss of human lives in any tragedy whether it’s suicide or a car accident is a loss to the nation. We can no longer remain quiet.

We need to speak out and make people aware that no effort must be spared to prevent suicide. That means identifying the causes and dealing with them to prevent it spreading.

It has been identified that depression carries a high risk of suicide.  Medical experts say anyone who expresses suicidal thoughts or intentions should be taken very seriously.

We need to call our local helpline or inform the Police. We also need to know the risk factors and recognise the warning signs. We could save someone if we take these signs seriously.

Surveys have shown that over 90 per cent of people who die by suicide have clinical depression or another diagnosable mental disorder. Substance abuse like drugs and alcohol is also linked to suicide.

Warning signs that someone may be thinking about or planning to commit suicide include negative talk about life in general and a sense of dejavu and hopelessness.

For children, it’s the environment at home and school that contributes to their emotional wellbeing. Unrealistic pressures at home to perform at school can push a child to the brink.

Bullying at school could affect the attitude of the children. Unless addressed it could lead to negative thoughts.

The statistics revealed yesterday on children suicide are alarming and should be taken seriously because there appears to be a trend that needs to be curbed.

 

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