About Us

An emotionally resilient and suicide free Fiji

 

Our Story

The work entails provision of a  24/7 toll-free crisis Helpline, Community-based Crisis Support (Psychological First Aid), Promoting emotional well being to the public. Building resilience for Fijian Communities. The modes for our service delivery include phone, text messaging, online, face to face counselling and outreach. Lifeline Fiji is a volunteer-based organisation and our Crisis Intervention Workers are not paid for their input.

What We Do

The work entails provision of a  24/7 toll-free crisis Helpline, Community-based Crisis Support (Psychological First Aid), Promoting emotional well being to the public. Building resilience for Fijian Communities. The modes for our service delivery include phone, text messaging, online, face to face counselling and outreach. Lifeline Fiji is a volunteer-based organisation and our Crisis Intervention Workers are not paid for their input.

24/7 crisis Helpline

Crisis Helpline. (Psychological First Aid)

emotional well-being

Promoting emotional well being to the public.

Crisis Support

Community-based Crisis Support.

Building resilience

Building resilience for Fijian Communities. .

Achievements

People assisted in 2016

Assisted 5080 people via the crisis line out of which 40 percent were at high risk of suicide in 2016

Calls in 2017

Assisted close to 7000 calls via crisis line and online service in 2017

Fiji's First

Fiji’s only organisation, focused primarily on Suicide prevention, intervention and response

Fijians Assisted

10,329 Fijians in Communities, Psychological First Aid and Emotional Wellbeing programs.

Calls in 2018

Received more than 2500 calls in 2018.  

Suicide in Fiji

Suicide is a silent and growing concern in Fiji. On average we lose 110 Fijians to suicide annually. It is estimated that for every completed Suicide there are 20 attempts made. The youngest person to complete a suicide in Fiji was 7 years old. The data shows that more men are completing suicide and the age of victims is getting younger with those in the 16 yrs to 25 yrs of age being most vulnerable. It is estimated that every 36 hrs a Fijian that attempts suicide.

Who We Are

LIFELIne fiji

Our Response

Lifeline Fiji’s Program is to Respond to High Suicide Numbers in Fiji:

  • A National 24/7 Toll Free Crisis Intervention Helpline with qualified crisis intervention workers
  • Training Fijian Volunteers through support of Lifeline Australia to undertake suicide Intervention work
  • Establishment of one of Fiji’s only Men specific program i.e. the Men Talk Program
  • Conducts Community Outreach to raise awareness of signs and symptoms of Suicide and also emotional well being
  • Partnering with Fiji Police Force to support survivors of suicide (i.e. family members of those who have completed suicide and those who have survived suicide attempts

Challenges

Lack of financial resources is a key challenge for Lifeline Fiji . SUICIDE being a taboo issue, no one talks about it or prioritised as part of public health response there is very little resource available for our work.  Lifeline Fiji does not have any CORE funding to run its National Crisis Support Line but relies on community and public contribution to wards the work it gives.

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