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Mental Health Is Likely To Be The Next Pandemic: Dr May

Seventy-two suicide related cases were recorded between January and August this year. Of the 72, five deaths involved children under the age of 17 with two deaths between the ages of six to 12.
13 Sep 2020 12:12
Mental Health Is Likely To Be The Next Pandemic: Dr May

 

Seventy-two suicide related cases were recorded between January and August this year.

Of the 72, five deaths involved children under the age of 17 with two deaths between the ages of six to 12.

These were based on Police statistics cited by the Fiji National University (FNU) acting vice chancellor Dr William May during the World Suicide Prevention commemoration day on Thursday.

Dr May said that mental health issues were likely to become the next pandemic.

“In this time of COVID-19, there has been an extraordinary impact on people’s physical, financial and mental wellbeing,” he said.

He said Fiji is losing young productive people to suicide which was a preventable phenomenon.

“Suicide is a public concern which requires a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary and integrated approach by the government, communities and individuals,” he said.

“Suicide prevention is everyone’s business and it is important that individuals invest in their mental health, well-being and build resilience.”

The theme for this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day at FNU was “Working Together to Prevent Suicide.”

Edited by Selita Bolanavanua

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