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Speaker Calls On Leaders To Support Fight Against Suicide

Speaker to Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni has called on leaders in Government, civil societies and corporate sectors to stand up and support organisations like Lifeline Fiji in the move to
19 Dec 2017 10:00
Speaker Calls On Leaders To Support Fight Against Suicide
Speaker of Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni inspects about 450 shoes which represented the lives of those who have passed on as a result of suicide.

Speaker to Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni has called on leaders in Government, civil societies and corporate sectors to stand up and support organisations like Lifeline Fiji in the move to ensure that those who contemplate on committing suicide get all the help they need.

While officiating at the launch of a National Leaders Standing Up for Mental Health programme at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva at the weekend, Dr Luveni said it was crucial that we ensured people received all the support they needed to stop them from resorting to suicide.

“This means that the people we lead are emotionally well, they are encouraged to seek help when they face mental health issues and for us to recognise and address stress in the workplace,” she said.

“Also, we send out the message to those who we lead that there is absolutely no shame in asking for help.

“We must, as leaders demonstrate by example and encouragement for people to seek help.”

Dr Luveni said the truth was that issues of mental health were most influential on the people who we hoped to influence, protect and care about.

“Let us continue this conversation around suicide and break the silence.

“Let’s stand united in this fight against suicide in Fiji,” she said.

“Let’s not continue to lose lives that can be saved.”

Lifeline Fiji is a Non-Governmental Organisation, which believes in the vision of an emotionally resilient and suicide-free Fiji.

 

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