A MEMORIAL service held in honour of World Suicide Prevention Day took place last night at the Suva Civic Auditorium.
The Saint Giles Hospital-organised event, Light a Candle Memorial, was supported by the Ministry of Health and aimed to raise awareness of suicide prevention and mental health issues.
The event was celebrated globally last night under the 2013 theme Stigma: A Major Barrier to Suicide Prevention.
The service included information desks on suicide prevention and information on mental health service around the country and was free for all to attend.
In a Ministry of Health statement yesterday, Health Minister Dr Neil Sharma linked suicides to mental health issues in Fiji.
"In Fiji, a large proportion of people who die by suicide suffer from mental health stress," Dr Sharma said.
Also paying tribute to the annual event yesterday were the Youth Champs for Mental Health (YC4MH), that paraded in the heart of Suva City.
They also requested that people place a candle outside their windows at 8pm for those who had lost someone to suicide, support for suicide prevention, and for those who had survived.