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Alarm bells over child suicide

Dawn Gibson
Wednesday, February 06, 2013

SAVE the Children Fiji (SC Fiji) has voiced its concern over the tragic suicide of a 10-year-old boy in Newtown, Suva, on Saturday evening.

Chief executive officer Chandra Shekhar said parents needed to make more efforts to reach out to their children.

"A child as young as 10 years committing suicide is unbelievable. Children are young, inexperienced and still learning to adapt to real-life situations. Therefore, adults must take special care of the needs and situations faced by children," Mr Shekhar said.

"For such action to be taken by a child, he probably would have seen himself in an extremely difficult situation which he may have thought was beyond his control.

"Instead of exerting anger on them, we should deal with children with care, love and understanding."

Mr Shekhar noted that young children often face ridicule and embarrassment at the hands of parents, other adults as well as their peers.

"If such actions are avoided, a child will not get distressed to the extent that he would choose to end his own life. Adults and people around a child need to take into consideration the sentiments of the children," Mr Shekhar reported.

According to recent police reports, eight children under the age of 16 committed suicide last year, while there were 20 attempted suicides for the same age group.

The total number of recorded suicides last year was 121, with 144 attempted cases.

So far this year, four people have committed suicide.


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