Mauritius: Minister urges society to contribute to suicide prevention in Mauritius

Quatre-Bornes, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare minister, Mrs. Fazila Jeewa-Daureeawoo on Monday called upon the public to be more vigilant and attentive to those who are vulnerable and at risk of suicide.

Speaking at a function marking the World Suicide Prevention Day, celebrated on 10 September every year, the minister invited the Mauritians to lend a helping hand and ear to someone in need.

“It is through adequate communication that the suffering of those who are struggling with suicidal tendencies will be alleviated,” she said. “Suicide is preventable and is an issue which requires our undivided attention.”

She added that in order to deal effectively with the problem, the risk factors should be identified so that immediate assistance may be provided to those in need of help.

“Mental disorders such as depression, personality disorders and substance abuse, financial difficulties, troubles with relationship, and bullying constitute risk factors which can trigger suicidal tendencies”, the minister pointed out.

Mrs. Jeewa-Daureeawoo also stressed the need for concerted efforts to find a long term sustainable solution to the problem of suicide. “Effective and evidence-based interventions can be implemented at population, sub-population and individual levels to prevent suicide and suicide attempts,” she said.

The rate of suicide in Mauritius is around 6 per 100 000 persons annually.  Sixty-six suicides and 356 cases of attempt at suicide were reported in 2016.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Representative in Mauritius, Dr. Laurent Musango, stressed that suicide was not only a problem of public health but was also an economic and social issue.

Citing official figures from the WHO, Musango said close to 800,000 people take their own life globally and up to 25 times as many make a suicide attempt.

-0- PANA NA/AR 11Sept2017

11 september 2017 17:49:51




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