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Suicide Cases Concern Fiji Police Force

Suicide is one of the major concerns for Fiji Police Force. This was highlighted by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) and chief operations officer, Rusiate Tudravu during the World Suicide
11 Sep 2015 12:30
Suicide Cases Concern Fiji Police Force
Students and members of the public during the World Suicide Prevention Day march in Suva yesterday. Photo: Rama

Suicide is one of the major concerns for Fiji Police Force.

This was highlighted by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) and chief operations officer, Rusiate Tudravu during the World Suicide Prevention Day celebration at Ratu Sukuna Park in Suva yesterday.

“This is one of the serious concerns I would like to register among the stakeholders,” ACP Tudravu said.

“From all the reports that we are receiving on daily basis, I have noted this is one report that has a sudden increase from the last two years.

“We are registering attempted suicides and suicides in almost every one- and-a-half day in our daily report which is our daily and serious concern,” he said.

“Suicide cases have been coming on regular basis to Police every now and then.”

He said the stigma with suicide had been a major concern for Fiji Police Force.

“I have spent almost 30 plus years in the Fiji Police Force and I have seen a lot of scenes of attendance of report where we have young generations  who are our future, and our dreams who take their own lives because they thought that it is the way forward,” ACP Tudravu said.

“I would like to emphasise today, please see that there are other avenues that are out there where you have your friends and teachers, guidance and parents who can assist you.

“Please avoid looking at other alternatives that can end your life. I only hope and I am sorry to say that this is a reality in our career life and to me, as a father, that it is very hurtful when I visit crime scenes because I actually see the bodies of children.

“You have seen that Government is trying to raise the awareness on this. I am talking to you as a person who normally visits the scene of suicide cases.

“Remember that problems are part of the life that we are going through. You have to accept the process,” ACP Tudravu said.

Speaker to Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni also expressed the same comments to students and said, “Laughter is the best medicine you can share.”

There was also an oratory contest organised and the winner for Primary Schools Division was Emali Doloka of Wainibuku Hart Primary and Jonasa Rokotuisawa.

Secondary schools winners were Ana Marica of Assemblies of God High School and Ilisapeci of Ratu Sukuna Memorial School.

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