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Thou shall not take

Avinesh Gopal
Monday, February 25, 2013

THE increase in suicide and attempted suicide cases in the country has the authorities worried.

Although no exact figure was available on such cases so far this year, the number is believed to be more than 20.

To make things worse, some youngsters also make up the statistics for suicides and attempted suicides.

Last year, the Fiji Police Force recorded 124 suicide cases and 144 attempted suicides.

Of these, eight people who committed suicide and 20 who attempted the same were 16 years old and below.

Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said 39 people who committed suicide and 61 who attempted suicide last year were between 17 and 25 years old.

Insp Sokomuri said 77 people who committed suicide and 63 who attempted suicide were more than 25 years old.

He said 80 suicides last year involved males and 44 were females. He said 65 males and 79 females attempted suicide last year.

By race, he said, Fijians of Indian descent topped the suicide and attempted suicide numbers last year.

"There were various ways in which people either took their lives or attempted to take their lives last year," he said.

"The number of suicide and attempted suicide cases recorded by police so far this year is also quite worrying.

"People should realise that the break-up in their love relationship and problems within the family are not the end of the world.

"Life is a gift of God. It's precious and should be treasured by people instead of being taken by one's self because of petty issues."

Insp Sokomuri said it appeared that people who were going through personal or family problems were keeping such problems to themselves.

He also said parents should be considerate of their young children's needs and wants and deal with them politely when they ask for something instead of using harsh words.

"We are living in a changing world and parents should know how to deal with their children when any situation arises.

"Adults should also accept the fact that the end in a relationship is not the end of the world. Life has to go on," said Insp Sokomuri.