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Lifeline Fiji answers 7500 calls for assistance

Vilimaina Naqelevuki
Saturday, January 27, 2018

Lifeline Fiji's help line received 7500 calls last year, says its co-ordinator Jeremiah Merekula.

Mr Merekula said men topped the list of callers.

"The nature of calls received were around challenges people faced on a daily basis," Mr Merekula said.

"Seventy-six per cent of the calls we received were from men, while 20 per cent from women, and 4 per cent from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

"The average age of callers was between 35 and 49 years."

Mr Merekula said most calls received from men were around issues related to family, work, suicidal ideation and rape.

"For women it had to do mostly with struggles in their livelihood," he said.

"Calls made by children were mostly on overcoming issues such as abuse, self-harm and bullying."

He said the youngest victim to commit suicide last year was a seven-year-old.

Mr Merekula said they were trying to raise awareness on suicide and mental health, so as to inform people of services readily available when they needed help.

He said it was about time people started talking about mental health issues because suicide rates continued to increase over the years.

The NGO held a information session at Nausori yesterday.

Shrinay Chand, a student of Vunimono High School, said the information session made students aware of the services they could access when they were in need of help.

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