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Lifeline Fiji: Forty Per cent Callers In Last Six Months Considering Suicide

An alarming 40 per cent of the 2900 callers received by Lifeline Fiji in the last six months were seriously considering suicide, its director says. This confirms that 1160 of
31 Jul 2017 11:00
Lifeline Fiji: Forty Per cent Callers In Last Six Months Considering Suicide

An alarming 40 per cent of the 2900 callers received by Lifeline Fiji in the last six months were seriously considering suicide, its director says.

This confirms that 1160 of the 2900 callers were seriously considering suicide from January to June this year. Lifeline Fiji director Archana Mani said the seriousness of such a record called for more awareness.

“The percentage of those seri­ously considering suicide and on the verge of attempting suicide is alarming,” Ms Mani said.

Police statistics from January to last week (26 weeks) for attempted suicide is 59 compared to 55 for the same period last year.

Over the same period there were 50 suicides and 54 this year.

Police also confirmed that there were 54 suicide cases last year.

Lifeline Fiji is now building up to a two-month suicide prevention awareness campaign.

“More awareness needs to be done in regards to the Suicide Preven­tion campaign,” Ms Mani said.

She said people need to get en­gaged and they cannot ignore the issue of suicide.

“We are failing immensely be­cause of the absence of support structures. Most of the people that we lose to suicide ware young pro­ductive Fijians,” she said.

“The figures were still alarming in terms of the number of people calling their lines.”

Programmes director and Voda­fone World of Difference volunteer, Jerry Merekula, said last week they had their gospel fest in Nausori where 300 people showed up.

“We had a panel of discussion where survivors also spoke on their experience,” he said.

Upcoming events include a Hope Walk in Ba and Korovou. A hike for life to Mount Korobaba is also part of the campaign.

The organisation hopes to reach 12,000 to 15,000 people around Fiji on their awareness campaign.

“There is also a social media cam­paign running simultaneously for the two months and it’s primarily to create dialogue on the issue in the society,” said Ms Mani.

Lifeline Fiji has trained Crisis Intervention Workers on their toll free line 24/7 to receive and respond to your calls. You can call them on 132454.

World Suicide Prevention Day is on September 10th (Sunday) and this year’s theme is: “Take a Min­ute, Change A Life”

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

Feedback: mere.satakala@fijisun.com.fj

 

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