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Committee Nurtures Partnership For Suicide Prevention Initiative

The National Committee on the Prevention of Suicide (NCOPS) recently discussed a way forward to intensify awareness and early intervention strategies for suicide prevention. The multisectoral team was led by
11 May 2017 11:00
Committee Nurtures Partnership For Suicide Prevention Initiative

The National Committee on the Prevention of Suicide (NCOPS) recently discussed a way forward to intensify awareness and early intervention strategies for suicide prevention.

The multisectoral team was led by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services and chaired by the minister Rosy Akbar.

The meeting was held at the Health Ministry’s headquarters in Suva last week.

Ms Akbar discussed the important role of the committee to collaboratively increase reach out to the communities to raise awareness on suicide prevention programs.

NCOPS team also discussed on the need to increase the participation of the Faith Based Organisations in their endeavour to tackle suicide.

A training package is currently being planned to educate the media on the role and responsibilities in terms of reporting on suicide cases.

The Ministry of Youth and Sports will also integrate suicide prevention programs in their activities.

The committee also emphasised on the need for more research and data to be able to conduct more robust programs.

A presentation by the Fiji Police in the committee meeting highlighted that there has been increase of suicide and attempted suicide in all the divisions, with western division (48 per cent of the total suicide cases), followed by South (25 per cent) and East and North recording 14 per cent each.

It is also noted that globally around 800,000 people die by suicide every year and suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year-olds globally.

It is the first leading cause of death among 15-19 year-old girls globally.

The committee members are representatives from:

National Mental Health Unit of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Youths and Sports, Ministry of Agriculture, the World Health Organisation (WHO), Empower Pacific, Fiji Police, Psychiatric Survivors Association, Youth Champs 4 Mental Health, Fiji National University, University of the South Pacific, Family Life Ministry, Lifeline Fiji, Fiji Alliance for Mental Health, National Substance Abuse Advisory Council (NSAAC) to name a few.

 



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