7 May 2004

Statistics show suicide still a problem in American Samoa

4:14 pm on 7 May 2004

Statistics presented at a seminar on suicide prevention in American Samoa have shown it's still a worrying problem, which must be addressed.

The seminar organized by the Office of Catholic Social Services looked at the causes of suicide, suicide methods, intervention and the response from government and church agencies.

The Director of Catholic Social Services, Bud Ozar, said that the speakers gave participants much to ponder on.

"There's one thing that they had in common was the idea that I'm going to call a buddy system, having young people being responsible for their own friends. And the second thing - one of the greatest obstacles, or difficulties or challenges that they both faced in working with young people - is the lack of support or seeming lack of support from the parents."