SUICIDE RATE ALARMS FIJI POLICE

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (May 23, 2001 – Fiji Times)---Young people who have problems with love affairs should seek counseling rather than resort to suicide.

Divisional Police Commander Western Senior Superintendent Eroni Antonio made the comment following the death of a Ba man and the hospitalization of a Nadi teenager.

The 21-year-old laborer from Rarawai in Ba was found hanging from a mango tree at his workplace at Tavakubu in Lautoka by employees at 11:00 a.m. on Monday.

Mr. Antonio said the man had had some problems with a woman.

At Navakai in Nadi, the 16-year-old student was hospitalized, after drinking half a glass of what was believed to be weed killer.

Police said her mother chased the girl’s boyfriend out of the house.

The student is believed to be in satisfactory condition.

Doctors would not comment on the incident last night.

"We appeal to young people not to resort to suicide, when they face difficulties in their love life,'' Mr. Antonio said.

He advised them to seek counseling or find alternatives to solve their problems rather than take their own lives.

Mr. Antonio said suicides were on the rise in the West.

The most popular forms of suicides are hanging and use of weed killer.

Last month, a Suva couple committed suicide over personal problems. The two were found hanging in a mangrove swamp.

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