Fiji Time: 8:07 AM on Thursday 2 March

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Suicides unreported

Mere Naleba
Saturday, June 14, 2014

MOST suicide cases are not being reported because of the shame and stigma associated with it.

Youth Champs for Mental Health (YC4MH) West branch president Lakalaka Saunikalou said 22 per cent of suicide cases were unreported.

"There is always a time lag in the reporting and production of these statistics," Mr Saunikalou said in his presentation on suicide figures in Fiji during the Community Response to Eliminating Suicide (CORES) session.

"Shame and stigma related to suicide, and in general to all forms of mental illnesses, result in suicide often being misreported."

Statistics presented during the workshop showed that between January and June of 2012, 65 people had attempted suicide and 59 had completed suicide.

"Accurate data collection is always a challenge since most suicide cases are written off as being the result of natural deaths because of the stigma associated with those who take their own lives."

For the years 2011 and 2012, the Western Division topped the statistics in those attempting and completing suicide.

In 2011, for the same period of six months, the Western Division recorded 45 people attempting and completing suicide while the Eastern Division had 19 cases, the Central Division had 15 and Northern was at the bottom of the list with 14 cases.

In 2012, Western Division recorded 61 cases of those completing and attempting suicide, a significant increase was noted in the Northern Division when it recorded 26 cases and the Central Division also recorded a slight increase after recording 21 cases while figures for the Eastern Division dropped to 14.

"While the figures for 2012 recorded 59 cases completing suicide for the first six months alone, this rate continues to increase," he said.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.65080.6318
JPY 55.664952.6649
GBP 0.39350.3855
EUR 0.46190.4499
NZD 0.68700.6540
AUD 0.64240.6174
USD 0.49180.4748

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 1st March, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Search for toddler continues
  2. Parents ask PM to intervene
  3. Biman: Report delay a breach
  4. Tabuya leads PDP
  5. Minister backs bid to host 7s leg
  6. Cyclone-proof schools 'may take time'
  7. Online rental bond service
  8. Police patrol study
  9. Club raises more than $4k
  10. HPV vaccine safe for humans, states ministry

Top Stories this Week

  1. School girl, 14, dies Saturday (25 Feb)
  2. $30,000 richer Thursday (23 Feb)
  3. The first settlers of Gau Sunday (26 Feb)
  4. Locally owned health centre begins operation Friday (24 Feb)
  5. Bravery medal for boy, 6 Saturday (25 Feb)
  6. Angry passengers disembark from smoke-filled bus Sunday (26 Feb)
  7. PM: Roads 'one of the worst' Saturday (25 Feb)
  8. 5.1 magnitude earthquake occurs in local region Sunday (26 Feb)
  9. 112 taxi permits in west terminated Saturday (25 Feb)
  10. Search for toddler continues Wednesday (01 Mar)