THE number of attempted suicides and child abuse cases referred to the Empower Pacific office in Labasa has increased.
Empower Pacific social worker Nanise Waqa said they received 32 cases of child abuse and 33 reports of attempted suicide between January and August.
"Our office offers counselling and at the moment our services are limited to Macuata Province," she said.
"However, we are reaching out to other communities in the North from referrals by government departments and on a need-to basis from communities in the region.
"We are working closely with the Ministry of Health, the police and the Ministry of Education."
Ms Waqa said they offered holistic solutions to problems referred to their office.
"Of the services we offer, we normally see people flocking in to take advantage of our small business loan assistance.
"Hardly do people take advantage of our counselling services which we offer free.
"We are pleading with people who have issues and problems in their workplaces or in their families to talk to us."
Ms Waqa said the doors of their office were open every day from 8am to 4pm.
"We are looking to extending our services to the provinces of Cakaudrove and Bua in the near future.
"Our services include professional counselling, social work, antenatal health screening for women and man, holistic access to income programs, prison program, income generation programs and many more."