A note on recent trends in suicide in Fiji

Type Journal Article - Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology
Title A note on recent trends in suicide in Fiji
Volume 1
Issue 1
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2007
Page numbers 1-4
URL https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Peter_Forster3/publication/247830586_A_Note_on_Recent_Trends_in​_Suicide_in_Fiji/links/0deec5384cd88233e2000000.pdf
The incidence of suicides and attempted suicides is one indicator of mental health and life satisfaction within the population. The trends in suicidal behaviour vary with sex and ethnicity within the population, and underscore the impact of culture on people's lives and wellbeing. Although incidence of suicide provides important information, there has been no systematic reporting of data within the country. The only source of national data is the statistics unit of Fiji's police force, who record all deaths that were not caused by disease, along with such data as the sex and ethnicity of the deceased. The police are willing to provide information on suicide to researchers and government bodies, within the constraints of having the staff and other resources needed to provide such information. The present article explores what we know about this important social issue, and investigates some potential ways forward for dealing with it at individual and group levels.

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