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North Joins Suicide Stop Call

The alleged suicide of three Suva students has affected even people in the Northern Division. Tragic young deaths like this should be prevented, a suicide prevention symposium in Labasa heard. 
12 Sep 2015 15:17
North Joins  Suicide Stop Call
Northern Division youth officer Mere Ratukonadi (left), and Empower Pacific chief executive officer Patrick Morgam. Photo: Peni Drauna

The alleged suicide of three Suva students has affected even people in the Northern Division.

Tragic young deaths like this should be prevented, a suicide prevention symposium in Labasa heard.  The symposium was told by the chief executive officer of Empower Pacific Patrick Morgam that suicide was everyone’s business.

“Members of every community should work hand in hand to reduce the cases of suicide in our country,” he said.  The symposium was held at the Takia Hotel in Labasa.  Empower Pacific is a non-governmental organisation that provides much-needed counselling and social work services to vulnerable individuals and families in Fiji.

The symposium for World Suicide Prevention Day was attended by more than 30 Government stakeholders and members of civil society. Participants represented a cross-section of the Labasa community, from the local branch of the Fiji Red Cross, Corrections Services, high school counselling departments, Fiji Police Force and Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation.

Mr Morgam said while emphasis was often placed on the victim, there was a need for systems to look into the people close to the victim.

“It is also important to think about all the people involved, that is, friends and family members of the victim,” he said.

 

Talk to remove suicide stigma: Tagicakibau

Talking about suicide will help remove the stigma associated with it, says Northern provincial administrator Inoke Tagicakibau.

“Suicide is a common case that is not only experienced in Fiji but worldwide and many in the society are unaware of how to confront such matters,” he said.

Mr Tagicakibau was speaking at the suicide prevention symposium at Takia Hotel in Labasa yesterday.

“It is important that we all know how to talk on the topic of suicide, there is so much stigma, shame and taboo that people think about killing themselves.

“Asking someone can be hard to do, but if we do not ask then we do not know, and the person with the thought does not speak, then it is a fatal combination,” he said.

“Generally, everyone is interested in suicide prevention because statistics are worse than the road death toll.

The symposium was organised by Empower Pacific and the Ministry of Health.

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