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Calls made to everyone to reach out to those facing problems after 72 cases of suicide recorded this year

By Rashika Kumar
Tuesday 10/09/2019

Calls are again being made to everyone to reach out to those who can help them if they are facing problems after 72 cases of suicide have been recorded this year.

There have also been 61 cases of attempted suicide.

Lifeline Fiji in collaboration with Youth Champs 4 Mental Health and Psychiatric Survivors Association is holding a candlelight vigil at Terry Walk in Suva at 6pm today as part of World Suicide Prevention Day.

Lifeline Fiji Officer-in-Charge, Jeremiah Merekula says the event is simply to raise more awareness on the issue and also encourage people to reach out for help and speak out when they are going through a tough situation.

President of Youth Champs for Mental Health, Maxine Tuwila says suicide is the main cause of death among youth in the country.

She says the organization receives three or four messages on their social media platform everyday. 

Tuwila says there are services for people to use however due to limited number of mental health service providers and also limited number of counselors in the country compared to the number of people that need mental health services, there is a need for more funding so that more people have access to mental health services.

She says although services are decentralized, these services are not accessible to those in the interior and in the maritime islands and that is where more assistance is needed. 

You can also call Lifeline Fiji on the toll free number 132454 if you need help.


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