NRL & Mate Ma'a Tonga star Andrew Fifita shares the moment he tried to take his own life
Today is World Suicide Prevention Day and this year alone in New Zealand, the suicide rates are at a record high of 685 over the last year and rates of suicide among youth, Māori and Pacific Island people have risen dramatically.
NRL & Mate Ma'a Tonga star Andrew Fifita shares the moment he tried to take his own life and his journey with Mental Health and depression. His story is a reminder that Mental Health is an issue for everyone. As friends and family we too need to be brave enough to ask the simple question: Are you OK?
A few years ago 'The Footy Show' gave an exclusive insight into one of the biggest issues facing Rugby League and society today – Depression. Preston Campbell and Reni Maitua share their battles with depression and Shanice Alaiasa shares the pain of being the one left behind after her partner Mosese Fotuaika took his life.
To understand what depression is, how to get help and tips on getting well and keeping well - check out Le Va Pasifika's Depression Factsheet and resources here available in English, Samoan, Tongan & Cook Island.
Where you can get help:
If you are worried about your or someone else's mental health, the best place to get help is your GP or local mental health provider. However, if you or someone else is in danger or endangering others, call 111.
If you need to talk to someone, the following free helplines operate 24/7: