GIS– 10 September, 2015: In the context of activities marking World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) observed on 10 September each year, a pamphlet on the prevention of suicide among teenagers was launched this morning at the Municipality of Port Louis in the presence of the Minister of Social Security, National Solidarity and Reform Institutions, Mrs. Fazila Jeewa-Daureeawoo. A presentation of a study on the causes and consequences of suicidal behaviour among teenagers in Mauritius was also held on that occasion.
This year’s theme “Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives,” focuses on raising awareness that suicide is a major preventable cause of premature death on a global level. Governments need to develop policy frameworks for national suicide prevention strategies.
The WSPD is organised at the initiative of Life Plus Unit of the Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity and Reform Institutions whose aim is to mitigate the suffering of persons with suicidal tendencies and help them live their lives differently by giving them the required support to better handle emotional stress, pain and pressure.
Activities organised in this context aim at providing opportunities to Government agencies, organisations and individuals to promote awareness about suicide, mental illnesses associated with suicide, as well as suicide prevention. The WSPD is an initiative of the International Association against Suicide Prevention which, along with the World Health Organisation , plays a key role in promoting this event.
In her address, Minister Jeewa-Daureeawoo underscored that suicide prevention is everyone’s concern and that high self-esteem, social connectedness, problem-solving skills, supportive family and friends are all examples of factors that buffer against suicide and suicidal behaviours.
She recalled that, for some people, suicide seems to be the last resort, the only way out but there is always another way, adding that prevention of suicide is a priority for Government. Consequently, the Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity and Reform Institutions will work together with the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research to sensitise secondary school students and empower teachers so that they learn to identify students with suicidal tendencies.
According to Mrs Jeewa-Daureeawoo, endless ways exist through which one can make a difference in the lives of people with suicidal tendencies. Life is a battle for each and everyone but we should be determined to tackle all challenges, she added.
The World Health Organisation estimates that every year about one million people around the world die by suicide.
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