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Alarm on suicide

Dawn Gibson
Monday, February 18, 2013

THE Fiji Police Force is worried with the increase in suicide cases in the country.

And it has appealed to members of the community to be careful when dealing with people who showed symptoms of depression.

Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said in the past two weeks, a lot of cases of suicide and attempted suicide had been reported to police.

"These cases involve a lot of youths whose ages range from 13 to 19 years," he said.

"Some of the reasons attributed to youths committing or attempting suicide was that no one listens to their problems or simply, the adults in their homes did not care about their problems."

Insp Sokomuri said a teenager in Ba, a high school student in Nausori and a woman in Taveuni committed suicide in the past few days.

Police were unable to provide statistics on suicide and attempted suicide cases so far this year.

But Insp Sokomuri said there were 144 attempted suicide and 124 suicide cases in the country last year — horrifying figures in itself.

Statistics released by police reveal that eight people who committed suicide last year and 20 who attempted suicide were below 16 years old.

There were 39 suicidal deaths of people between seven and 25 years and 61 attempted suicide cases by people in the same age range.

Insp Sokomuri said there were 77 suicide cases and 63 attempted suicide cases last year involving people more than 25 years old.

"Some people suddenly commit suicide while the signs will come along in others," he said.

"People should lookout for the signs in others, that is the way people talk and there will be signs of depression where people will try to be away from others, alone.

"We have found that in most of the cases, people are not communicating and sharing their problems with others — they just keep it bottled up in them, thus resulting in such incidents."

Insp Sokomuri said family members should seek professional help for their loved ones' if they see signs of depression in them.





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