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Lifeline Records 83 Deaths From Suicide Cases

Lifeline Records 83 Deaths From Suicide Cases
Stop Suicide
October 12
11:00 2018

A total of 83 people died from suicide so far this year, Lifeline Fiji says.

This is compared to 79 cases for the same period last year.

Attempted suicide cases for this year so far were 79 compared to 81 cases for the same pe­riod last year.

Lifeline Fiji officer in charge, Jeremaia Qalobula, said: “Reach out to that person and ask ‘are you okay?”

He said the recent case was last week when a 13-year-old just died over a phone and the youngest victim was a seven-year-old.

He said there were many reasons why indi­viduals decided to take their own life.

“The reasons vary and so it might be rela­tionship problems, but these are all contrib­uting factors to suicide. Behavioural issues, we have violence, we have bullying and we have stress, they are stressed from relation­ships, from school stuff.

“If you see someone who is acting out of his norm, reach out to that person and ask that person if he is okay and is everything okay at home.”

He added it was vital for parents and chil­dren to interact and discuss various issues.

“Within our family structure, I think this is a good time to reflect on how we as parents, talk about these things with our kids and how are we connecting with our parents,” he said.

“It is important that we know the signs and symptoms with our friends because most of the time we get carried away with stuff.”

Mr Qalobula has encouraged those who are going through depression or through any sort of problems to call Lifeline Fiji’s suicide crisis intervention on 132454.

“There is always someone available to offer help and to talk to about anything,” he said.

“Remember that life is for living and every life matters.”

Edited by Percy Kean

Feedback: nicolette.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

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