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Suicides on the up

Mere Naleba
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

THE Fiji Police Force is pleading with school students and the public to discuss their problems and not to end their lives because of petty issues.

It comes after police noticed an increase in the number of suicide cases, where mostly school children ended their lives because of poor examination results and in other cases where couples were in disagreement about an issue.

With just two more months left before external examinations results are known, police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro yesterday urged parents to be more understanding and to support their children who had sat for the two external examinations, the Fiji School Leaving Certificate Examination and the Fiji Seventh Form Examination.

"Students in particular are a vulnerable group with external and annual examinations coming to an end," she said.

"Therefore parents and guardians are being advised not to place too much expectation on their child's performance in school and be more understanding of their needs."

Police said the latest case of attempted suicide was on Sunday when a student tried to take her life following concerns over her examination result.

In another incident a woman tried to consume chemicals after a dispute with her de-facto husband.

"Majority of the cases also have been a result of romantic and domestic disputes stemming from issues that can easily be solved through dialogue," said Ms Naisoro.

"However if people feel that they have no one else to turn to within their family circle, we are urging them to seek help from religious organisations or social groups that can provide some assistance."

The force has recorded 105 suicide cases for January to November this year, while there were only 36 suicide cases for the same period last year.

Police received 125 cases of attempted suicide this year compared to 96 cases for the same period last year.


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