Naicker to Advocate Importance of Mental Health
Ms Naicker is one of the seven contestants taking part in the Vodafone Sugar Festival in Lautoka
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.