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Alarm on suicides

Nanise Loanakadavu
Wednesday, January 09, 2013

JUST eight days into the new year, the police have recorded three cases of suicide and eight attempted cases.

And the police are hoping yet again the problem will be tackled through collaboration with the community.

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said that this time last year there were four suicides and three attempted suicides.

She said the largest number of attempted suicides were committed by the 19 to 24-year-old category.

Ms Naisoro said that early this week another suicide case involving a 35-year-old was recorded in the Southern Division.

"The majority of these cases are a result of differences arising from romantic disputes and disputes among family members," Ms Naisoro said.

"We are once again requesting everyone's assistance in preventing this issue from escalating."

Ms Naisoro said suicide victims felt they had no other alternative solution to their problems.

"It is unfortunate that these incidents continue to occur in a society that is known for its resilience and support for one another in times of trouble," she said

"While some people may feel that they do not have the necessary support from home, please do know there are people and organisations willing to listen and lend a helping hand."

Ms Naisoro urged families, religious organisations, society leaders and members of the community to help eliminate the problem.


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