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Students Promote Suicide Prevention

Students from schools in Suva and surrounding areas joined members of the public and staff of the Ministry of Health in the World Suicide Prevention Day celebration yesterday. The celebration
11 Sep 2015 12:47
Students Promote Suicide Prevention
Students and members of the public during the World Suicide Prevention Day march in Suva yesterday. Photo: Rama

Students from schools in Suva and surrounding areas joined members of the public and staff of the Ministry of Health in the World Suicide Prevention Day celebration yesterday.

The celebration started with a march from the Suva Flea Market to Ratu Sukuna Park yesterday.

It was to help create awareness against suicide.

Talatoka Nayatorasea, a Year Nine student of Dudley High School, said: “I was part of this march because I understand that we should not commit suicide and people commit suicide because they have problems.

“I am shocked about the suicide rate in our country and people must stop that.

“I advise children to talk to their parents if they are having problems because I always talk to my parents when I have a problem,” she said.

Wainibuku Primary School headboy Charlie Lum Kon said: “People commit suicide when they don’t have any solutions to their problems.

“I always discuss my problems with my parents when I am feeling stressed and I expect other children to talk to their parents when they face any problems,” he said.

Ratu Sukuna Memorial School Year 10 student Moape Ratu said: “I was part of this march to help create awareness to the public to stop the increase of suicide rate in our country.

“Being part of World Suicide Prevention Day celebration, I will be able to learn ways to overcome my stress.”

Youth Champs 4 Mental Health president Lionel Rogers said: “The suicide statics varies ever year and since we have started Youth Champs 4 Mental Health with other organisation, we have not lost any person whom we have supported.

“Suicide is everyone’s business, families and communities should be supportive and understating.

“Once we realise that it’s everyone’s business, only then we can eliminate youth suicide,” he said.

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