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Don’t Despair Seek Help: Merekula

People are stressed and there is more than usual mental pressure brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, a fact that even the World Health Organisation admitted.
18 May 2020 11:35
Don’t Despair Seek Help: Merekula

Seek help because it is available, says Lifeline Fiji programme director Jeremaia Merekula.

People are stressed and there is more than usual mental pressure brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, a fact that even the World Health Organisation admitted.

“There are families at home with no breadwinners as a result of the COVID-19 impacts on many industries, many live in an extended family and they do not know of how to keep their family going,” Mr Merekula said.

“Stresses of life, mounts at a time like this. It is important that we have a support system, if it cannot be your families then we are there to support you.”

Mr Merekula said as we commemorate Mental Health Month we are urging people who are going through a hard time to reach out for help.

“Never allow yourself to suffer in silence,” he said.

On average 110 Fijians commit suicide annually. Lifeline Fiji estimates that for one completed suicide there are 20 attempts made. The youngest person to complete a suicide in Fiji was seven years old.

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Police statistics show that so far there have been 29 suicides this year compared to 43 for the same period last year.

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

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