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Suicide- a worrying issue in Fiji

12:54 Mon Sep 10, 2018


Taken from/By: Facebook
Report by: Nanise Sivo

Fiji could be considered one of the countries with the highest suicide rates in young people in the world with the youngest victim to commit suicide, only 8-years-old.

This is according to a 2015 report from the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

Today marks World Suicide Prevention Day, which is an opportunity to acknowledge the challenges Fiji faces when dealing with the issue.

A Non-Governmental Organization working to raise awareness on suicide prevention and avenues for help, Youth Champs 4 Mental Health says with smart technology, there is a need to ensure young adults have access to support services.

Treasurer, Matthew Galuvakadua says there are many forms of social issues that are impacting young adults.

“Smart technologies is becoming a quick social issue amongst young people, I mean apart from cyber bullying, now that kids have picked up here, discriminating someone on social media and it just gets worse and worse even to the point not respecting themselves as human beings and sharing naked pictures and this will lead of course to them being brutally bullied, and made fun of online

Galuvakadua says most young people fear being left out and being addicted to their phones and in a way this has disconnected them from their families and friends.

Todays, World Suicide Prevention Day, is a time to remember those affected by suicide and to continue to fight for its prevention.



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