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Let’s Fight Against Suicide Together: Minister Akbar

  One institution cannot tackle social ill alone, she adds. The Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar is calling for a collaborative approach to address the prevention of
05 Apr 2017 11:00
Let’s Fight Against Suicide Together: Minister Akbar
Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar officating at the National Symposium on Suicide Prevention. Photo: Losirene Lacanivalu

 

One institution cannot tackle social ill alone, she adds.

The Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar is calling for a collaborative approach to address the prevention of suicide.

Officiating at the National Symposium for Prevention of Suicide at the Tanoa Plaza in Suva yesterday Ms Akbar said one institution could not address the problem alone.

“It needs the support of the health authorities, non-government organisations, faith-based organisations, families and communities to work together to remove the stigma associated with depression and create more awareness and discussions so that people can confidently talk about the issue and seek assistance to change their lives for better,” she said.

“2013 to 2015 showed us an average loss of 242 lives to suicide. This figure alone indicates the urgency of all stakeholders pulling our efforts, ideas and resources together to tackle the issue of suicide.”

She said people thought that those who were depressed were suicidal, but this was not completely true.

“The key fact being that anyone can be suicidal. It is therefore why the solution lies in every one of us and it is within our reach and suicide prevention is everyone’s business,” she said.

More than 27 organisations were represented at the symposium.

Ms Akbar said her ministry gladly supported Lifeline Fiji in the efforts to organise the symposium and raise awareness on suicide prevention.

“I have a great responsibility to raise awareness on this issue, and we can start to make a positive difference by talking to your family, community members, leaders and service providers. Remember there’s always someone who cares,” the minister said.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

losirene.lacanivalu@fijisun.com.fj

 

 

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