THE growing trend of suicide cases must be addressed, says Commissioner of Police, Brigadier General Ioane Naivalurua.
Shocking statistics have been released confirming that suicide and attempted suicide cases are still a significant issue facing the police force.
The period between January and August of 2013 saw 80 cases of suicide and 83 cases of attempted suicide.
While this is slightly lower than the same period last year, which witnessed 81 successful and 91 attempted suicides, it is still a cause for concern.
In particular, the age, 16 years and below has seen a rise in cases, with seven cases of suicide and 14 cases of attempted suicide in 2013 in comparison to last year's statistics of six and eight cases respectively.
There has been a significant role reversal with regard to male and female suicide statistics.
In the period from January to August 2012 there were 51 female cases and 30 male cases. In 2013, however, there has been 18 female cases and a shocking 62 male cases.
On the other hand, attempted suicide continues to see higher statistics for females, with 48 cases this year in comparison to 35 male cases.
The region that has seen the largest number of both suicide and attempted suicide continues to be the Western Division.
It is understandable why this issue has become a cause for concern and drastic measures will be needed to prevent further escalation of the problem.