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Mental health

Shalveen Chand
Monday, August 18, 2014

THE People's Democratic Party says mental health is a growing concern for young people and good support systems or mechanisms were vital in today's society.

The party claims young people were often neglected, discriminated against or stigmatised because of their decisions and acts.

PDP said its manifesto entailed that even the young who were psychiatric survivors, consumers of mental health and those personally struggling need not be discriminated against on such grounds.

Party president Lynda Tabuya, a trustee for the Fiji Alliance for Mental Health, said the organisation was formed to bring together all stakeholders and volunteer groups dealing with mental health so that there were co-ordinated efforts and more effective campaigning as an umbrella organisation.

"As a founder and trustee of FAMH, I am proud of the achievements of FAMH with its own secretariat made up of volunteers who are working very surely to advocate and raise the visibility of mental health in Fiji as a matter of priority and promote inclusiveness in our society," Ms Tabuya said.

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