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Suicide statistics, a worrying trend: COMPOL

12:54 Tue Dec 05, 2017


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Report by: Maggie Boyle

Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho is pleading with parents and guardians to spend more time with their children over the holidays and take an active interest in their lives.

The Commissioner says this year’s suicide cases involving children and young adults has highlighted a concerning trend.

“We can’t be losing lives to drowning, to suicides where we fail in our duties to sit down and talk to our children. The statistics for suicides have been alarming this year, attempted suicides and suicides, both over 90 and that’s worrying.”

Qiliho says today’s generation is more challenged.

“Our younger generation today are exposed to more pressures of society than what we’ve experienced a few decades ago so it is very important that we have the time as the pressures of internet, social media and things that they are exposed to in that environment and also drugs and other things that are out there.”

As part of Operation Yadrayadravaki, Police held awareness sessions with a number of schools prior to the holidays focused on safety at home and in public.

The Commissioner says while Police have a pivotal role to play, parents and guardians are more critical when it comes to their children’s safety.



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