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Reddy Works To Prevent Suicide

The Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Mahendra Reddy, is leading the fight against suicide among young Fijians. He is concerned with the amount of suicides reported recently. “There is
10 Apr 2015 10:05
Reddy Works To Prevent Suicide

The Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Mahendra Reddy, is leading the fight against suicide among young Fijians.

He is concerned with the amount of suicides reported recently.

“There is now an urgent need for proactive measures to be taken in order for young people to know how to address problems and issues that they encounter in their lives,” Mr Reddy said.

He calls on parents to spend more time with their children.

“This is always an ideal opportunity for parents to discuss children’s progress in school, discuss issues and problems, positively respond to their children’s progress in school and other areas their children may be involved in.

“Adolescence is a very critical and sensitive stage in life. During this period, many young people encounter relationship and identity problems. Their ability to take rational decisions are hindered because there are still in a developing stage and thus their decisions are clouded by emotions.

“This is further compounded by their reluctance to speak and discuss such issues. For this reason, parents, relatives, teachers and members of the community must be vigilant and be very tactful in approaching young people and guiding them to make sure they make the right decisions whenever they face a crisis. Suicide, definitely should not be an option,” he said.

He said teachers should help students and young people who face such problems.

“Teachers are requested to hold more counselling sessions. Because of the sensitivity of some issues, they will have to go beyond group counselling and have one-on-one sessions with students who are suspected of having some deep-seated problems.

“Students are advised to be mindful of their parents’ sacrifice and commitment, thus their focus should be on the successful completion of their education in order to secure a better life for themselves, their families and their communities.

“Suicide is not an option. It is the responsibility of everyone to talk to our children and discuss matters with them in a very collegial manner. We need to stand together as a nation and work positively towards suicide prevention. Suicide is indeed everyone’s business,” Mr Reddy said.  Ministry of Health

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