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Men’s Mental Health Is More Worrying Following Impact of COVID-19: Morrell

Over the weekend, a bus driver jumped off the Rewa Bridge, giving financial difficulties as his reason to do so.
21 May 2020 15:19
Men’s Mental Health Is More Worrying Following Impact of COVID-19: Morrell
Viliame Sauduadua on May 17, 2020, pointing at the spot where he rescued a man who jumped off the Rewa Bridge in Nausori last Saturday. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

Men in Fiji are more vulnerable than ever as very little attention is being paid to their state of mind brought about by COVID-19 and its impact, said the Men Empowerment Network (MEN).

Co-ordinator Paul Morrell said unemployment, stress brought about by financial difficulties, business closing down and basically the failure to provide for his family were issues affecting men.

He said these had gone under the radar. Over the weekend, a bus driver jumped off the Rewa Bridge, giving financial difficulties as his reason to do so.

“Most of society only sees the output or results of these effects on the male man; we see this through the amount of domestic violence cases on the rise,” he said.

Paul Morrell.

Paul Morrell.

“We do not condone it and that is the deterioration of the families as a result of the stigma placed on the male man.

“Men are taught to be strong and sharing of your emotions and feelings is a sign of weakness. At the current state; most men feel that they are in a corner, and the systems in society are working against them.”

Mr Morrell said the Men Empowerment Network had the facilities and professionals to handle such situations.

“We encourage all men who are going through issues at this moment to come and talk to us first; because we are here for you. Issues may vary from unemployment, emotional stress or financial burdens,” he said.

Contact; www.menempowerment.net or +679 9467541 or email – info@menempowerment.net.

Men can also visit the office on 99 Amy Street Toorak, Suva.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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