More males commit suicide than females

Figures sourced from the Fiji Police Force and the National Substance Abuse Advisory Council reveals 630 young people between the ages 11 to 25 resorted to taking their lives from January 2011 to September 2018. Picture: The Leopard

FIFTY three males committed suicide this year.

This was revealed in the suicide statistics released by the Fiji Police Force. Of the 70 suicide cases recorded this year, 55 were males and 15 females.

The statistics showed that 43 men attempted suicide and 37 females.

Majority of the suicide cases were recorded in the Western Division.

A total of 27 suicide cases and 38 attempted suicide cases were recorded in the West, while 18 suicide cases were recorded in the Southern Division, 15 in the Eastern Division and 10 in the Northern Division.

Police said the issue needed a concerted effort from all members of the community and most importantly the sitting of a family structure.

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said it was important for people to note that help was available.

“And there is always someone who is willing to listen and help,” Ms Naisoro said.

“Be attentive to each other’s needs so when we see any change of behaviour we should talk openly.”

Medical Services Pacific (MSP) executive director Jennifer Poole said one’s mental health was key to managing every day pressures and if a person had depression or anxiety, it could contribute to their ability to make healthy choices.

“Therefore, the first step at individual level is to take anyone seriously if they speak of committing suicide or make such suggestions or advise that they know of someone considering this option,” Ms Poole said.

“It is important to look out of indicators of depression, anxiety, self-harm and substance abuse.”

*If you need someone to talk to, you can always contact Lifeline Fiji on 132454.