OKAY TO TALK ABOUT SUICIDAL THOUGHTS: MINISTER USAMATE
The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that over 800,000 people die by suicide each year. That is one person every 40 seconds.
Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate said the mentality that people would take their own lives when other people talked to them about suicide would lead them to do it was a myth.
“I believe this is not true,” Mr Usamate said. “As a community we can help reduce the negative stigma surrounding mental illness by talking openly about it.” Mr Usamate was speaking yesterday during the World Suicide Prevention Day at Subrail Park in Labasa which was the last day he would officiate in the portfolio before being switched to be Minister of Employment, Productivity and Industrial relations.
“It is okay to talk about our problems, ask others if they want to talk about theirs,” said Mr Usamate. “We need to get the message across that it is okay to talk about our mental health and well being in our families, schools, and workplace.
“It is okay to ask for help if you need it; it is okay not to be okay.” Mr Usamate said the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimated that over 800,000 people die by suicide each year. That is one person every 40 seconds. “Up to 25 times as many again makes a suicide attempt.
“The tragic ripple effect means that there are many more people who have been affected by suicide,” he said. “And this is happening in spite of the fact that suicide is preventable.”
A march through the street of Labasa Town during the launch of World Suicide Prevention Day yesterday.
Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate (wearing garland), among the students and staff of Ministry of Health doing zumba during the World Suicide Prevention Day at Subrail Park in Labasa yesterday.