No scenes of sui­cide, schools re­minded

Fiji Sun - - Suncity - FILIPE NAIGULEVU filipe.naigulevu@fi­

Schools around the coun­try have been re­minded that stu­dents should not drama­tise any scenes of sui­cide dur­ing the Na­tional Sui­cide Preven­tion Day next month. This was the ad­vice by the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary for Ed­u­ca­tion, Her­itage and Arts Iowane Tiko in a let­ter sent to all school heads, di­vi­sional and dis­trict of­fices. With the na­tional theme: “Connect, Com­mu­ni­cate and Care”, schools will con­duct a half day aware­ness pro­gramme on sui­cide preven­tion on Fri­day, Septem­ber 9. “Teach­ers and stu­dents can work col­lab­o­ra­tively in or­gan­is­ing a pro­gramme for their school ded­i­cated to­wards sui­cide preven­tion,” Mr Tiko said.

“Stu­dents can par­tic­i­pate in a di­verse range of pro­grammes that pro­mote un­der­stand­ing about sui­cide and high­light ef­fec­tive preven­ta­tive ac­tiv­i­ties through: or­a­tory, po­etry, songs, art and draw­ing, role play, drama, school based march and also through in­vi­ta­tion of a chief guest to ad­dress the stu­dents.

“The fo­cus of the ac­tiv­i­ties in school is for stu­dents to un­der­stand that ev­ery­one go through prob­lems and stress in life but they are to be en­cour­aged to connect with someone and com­mu­ni­cate their prob­lems as there are peo­ple who care and can help.” Mr Tiko said the min­istry con­tin­ued to have a great con­cern for young peo­ple who were tak­ing their lives pre­ma­turely and ev­ery ef­fort should be taken to pre­vent the prob­lem. “This year again, we will be cre­at­ing aware­ness on Sui­cide Preven­tion,” he said. “The Na­tional Sui­cide Preven­tion Day falls on Satur­day, Septem­ber 10 and the Min­istry of Health is spear­head­ing the Na­tional Launch in Labasa.”

The Min­istry of Health in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Her­itage and Arts is also or­gan­is­ing a Na­tional Poster Com­pe­ti­tion for pri­mary schools and sec­ondary schools based on the theme: “Connect, Com­mu­ni­cate and Care”. The three cat­e­gories will be Years Four to Six, Years Seven to Eight and Years Nine to 11. “Schools are en­cour­aged to par­tic­i­pate and to sub­mit stu­dent en­tries to their re­spec­tive Di­vi­sional Ed­u­ca­tion Of­fice by 4pm on Fri­day, Septem­ber 2,” Mr Tiko said. The win­ners will be an­nounced on the Na­tional Sui­cide Preven­tion Day on Septem­ber 10 and prizes will be awarded to the stu­dents with the win­ning en­try for both the pri­mary and sec­ondary school cat­e­gories from each divi­sion. Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika Feed­back:

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