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Suicide Watch Training For School Leaders

All school prefects and school heads will be trained to identify early signs of suicide, says the Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Mahendra Reddy. This is to help eliminate
30 Sep 2015 10:30
Suicide Watch Training For School Leaders
Minister for Education Mahendra Reddy speaking at the Suva Vocational School yesterday. Photo: Ministry of Education

All school prefects and school heads will be trained to identify early signs of suicide, says the Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Mahendra Reddy.

This is to help eliminate suicides among young Fijians and in schools.

He revealed this during a press conference at the Suva Vocational School yesterday.

“Sometimes back we have been confronted with the Charlie Charlie game,” Mr Reddy said.

“We managed to eliminate that particular game from our school system and the same thing we are doing with suicide. In this case suicide is more complex than the Charlie Charlie game because this includes stakeholders who are not within our control.

“We must address this in the school and to parents so that they will see that this is a serious issue that needs to be talked about since this issue was considered a taboo subject back four decades ago.

“The school system, school teachers, school environment is within the Ministry’s control. The one thing that is not within our control is the parents and they play a very important role.”

Mr Reddy call on parents to help solve the problem.

“Our appeal to parents is that they must spend more quality time with their children to allow them to share their problems and other issues to avoid child suicide,” he said.

 

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