Naicker to Advocate Im­por­tance of Men­tal Health

Ms Naicker is one of the seven con­tes­tants tak­ing part in the Voda­fone Sugar Fes­ti­val in Lau­toka

Fiji Sun - - Nation - SALOTE QALUBAU Edited by Susana Tuilau Feed­back: [email protected]­

Nagma Naicker be­lieves that youths are among peo­ple liv­ing with de­pres­sion, which is why she hopes to high­light this is­sue.

Ms Naicker is one of the seven con­tes­tants tak­ing part in the Voda­fone Sugar Fes­ti­val in Lau­toka and is be­ing spon­sored by Lau­toka Club.

The 20-year-old is a stu­dent

at the Univer­sity of Fiji, pur­su­ing a Bach­e­lor of Law and a Bach­e­lor of Com­merce ma­jor­ing in Ac­count­ing.

She said she hoped to pro­vide aware­ness on sup­port sys­tems for youths.

“It is dis­heart­en­ing to see youths as vic­tims of de­pres­sion, es­pe­cially since I found out through re­cent in­for­ma­tion from the Min­istry of Health that there are a lot of peo­ple liv­ing with de­pres­sion,” she said.

“I want peo­ple to know that sup­port is be­ing pro­vided by var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the Fiji Women’s Crisis Cen­tre and var­i­ous na­tional crisis helplines.”

She said more ef­fort needed to be con­cen­trated on em­pow­er­ing youths.

“I be­lieve for us to have a bet­ter fu­ture we need to set up a good foun­da­tion to­day be­cause youths are the fu­ture,” she said.

She also ac­knowl­edged her fam­ily mem­bers and loved ones for their sup­port.

“My fam­ily is the whole rea­son I am tak­ing part be­cause they were en­cour­ag­ing me and my friends were also sup­port­ing me by go­ing ev­ery­where with me to or­gan­ise things,” Ms Naicker said.

She added that de­spite the fact that she is yet to choose a re­search topic, she would be strongly ad­vo­cat­ing on cop­ing strate­gies for peo­ple liv­ing with de­pres­sion.

“My ad­vice to girls my age out there is that it is ok to make mis­takes, but don’t fo­cus on what you have done .It is also ok to ask for help from your loved ones be­cause sui­cide is not the fi­nal so­lu­tion,” she said.

Photo: Salote Qalubau

Nagma Maicker.

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