Police express concern over increasing incidences of suicide


The Candlelight Ceremony infront of the Sheraton Aggies Hotel organized last Saturday by the Faataua le Ola as part of the World Suicide Prevention Day

BY Lagi Keresoma

APIA, SAMOA – THURSDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 2016: Police has expressed concern over the rapid increase in the number of suicide cases in the last seven days.

The Police spokesman, Superintendent Su’a Lemalu Tiumalu has voiced the same concern through the police’s community radio programme together with other social issues the public should be aware with.

At today’s press conference, Su’a arrived late as he was escorting the body of a 17 year old victim to the hospital.

Two other cases were confirmed last week, when Samoa joined the International Suicide Prevention day and a week of public awareness activities fronted by Faataua Le Ola.

In the police report this week, 2 suicides were confirmed and the latest happened this morning.

The victims are a 56 year old man from Aleipata and a 23 year old woman from Savai’i.

It was only Saturday last week that members of the Faataua Le Ola (FLO) organisation held public activities to commemorate the World Suicide Prevention Day.

Activities were broadcast live on three TV stations that joined together to make sure the message gets out and included messages from the Archbishop Alapati Lui Mateiliga, the Acting Prime Minister Fiamē Naomi Mata’afa and others and rounded off with a Candlelight Ceremony in the evening.

members of Faataua Le Ola on the beachfront for the Candlelight Ceremony last Saturday

Members of Fa’ataua Le Ola on the beachfront for the Candlelight Ceremony last Saturday

FLO’s President Papali’i Carol Ah Chong spoke of “letting your light shine” and share with a friend or a family member any problem one has.

“There is always hope and a light at the end of the tunnel, and all you need to do, is share or talk to someone,” Papali’i emphasized.

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