Statistics indicate that nearly one million people in the world die because of suicide every year.
And so far, funding from AusAid has made it possible for Empower Pacific, a Lautoka-based NGO that specialises in counselling services, to provide 350 individuals throughout Fiji with support following an attempt to take their life this year.
Empower Pacific CEO Patrick Morgam said many people felt too scared or ashamed to talk about how they were feeling or what they were thinking.
"It can be really hard to talk about suicide, especially if you are feeling scared about how others will react, or even just scared of how you are feeling in general," Mr Morgam said.
"In addition to suicide attempts, 50 individuals across all of our Empower Pacific sites in 2013 have been assisted following a self-harm attempt.
"The majority of clients reported a reduction in their anxiety and an increase in their empowerment and confidence levels following counselling. In keeping with their desire to provide holistic support, services were also given to 48 families affected by suicide or suicide attempts."
Counsellor Lavinia Dakei said she took the opportunity to speak on MixFM regarding how, with the funding of AusAid, Empower Pacific was able to help people find a purpose again.