ADOLESCENT DEPRESSION, SEVERE CASES CAN LEAD TO SUICIDAL IDEATION and RESULT IN DEATH.
By Suluama Patu Laumea Vivolo
All available data for the 13 Pacific Island nations are used in the comparative analysis of suicide , levels and characteristics. Age, sex and method of suicide are examined in detail. Global comparison shows Pacific rates are amongst the highest reported. Female youth rates exceed male rates in Western Samoa and amongst Fiji Indians. Method of suicide(paraquat ingestion) is instrument in determining high rates in Western Samoa, specially in females. The broad casual theme is Societal transition. Commonality and diversity are discussed.
The island populations of the Pacific continue to undergo epidemiological and mortality transitions(1989) as a result of development initiatives and exogenous influences. One such transition is manifest in the suicide epidemics that have occurred in several of these populations. Suicide rates began to increase since that time. These increases have occurred at young ages, such that for some Pacific island youth, suicide is a leading cause of death and rates are among the highest in the world.
To date, Pacific suicide has been studied with respect to individual population with little attempt to compare experience either regionally or in relation to the rest of the wold. This article provides, for the first time, a comprehensive comparative assessment of Suicide in the Pacific region, drawing together a large quantity of the disparate information comprising new analysis of published and unpublished data, reanalysis of data from existing globally. Age, sex and method of suicide are examined in detail. This article I'm writing provides a regional perspective, identifying both commonality and diversity.
This article covers all Pacific Islands(except Hawaii) for which data are available but necessarily concentrates on these populations where data permit dis-aggregation. To a large extent, these are also the populations where suicide rates are highest. Western Samoa, the Indians population of Fiji, Guam and a Group referred to collectively in this article as "Micronesia" comprising Marshall Islands, Palau and the Federated states of Micronesia.. This diagram shows Background characteristics of all Populations..
Wedding at Samoan Highland Ward 9/14/2013
A samoan wedding is always a good event for all who attend. The Samoan Ward in Seattle had a wedding for one of their members this past Saturday.
Samoan Highline Ward held a wedding last weekend for Michell Tili, a Grand niece of one of the members. There were many family members and friends there. The food was delicious and the couple were very happy.
Leota Pita Strickland, continues serving the Samoan Community.
Tacoma WA.Photos by Fatima Faasavala Autagavaia.
One of Seattle/Tacoma's Samoan community's most active citizens, Leota Pita Strickland has been involved with everything to do with Samoans in this area for many years. Leota and his lovely wife Sau have been great role models for the community and youth providing leadership and support as only he can with boundless energy and that laughing smile he radiates effortlessly whenever he meets anyone, whether relative, friend or stranger, its always the same.
Leota and his family have been in the USA for over 40 years. He has been the President of the Samoan American Pacific Organization in the Seattle/Tacoma where has accomplished so much for the Samoan Senior Citizens, the Samoan Community and the Samoan Youth.
Leota comes from the old school of Samoan Matai tradition where it is expected of him, a Samoan Matai (Chief) to provide leadership and service for the benefit of others. Now in the golden years of his life Leota has still got that energy that is never at rest. He has been working on many projects including getting Samoan Senior citizens shuttle service for the hot meal programs provided by the City, working on the annual Samoan Cultural Day committee for Tacoma for the last 3 years, and assisting those in need of immigration work by finding the right people to help them.
Not one to wait for things to happen, Leota is always seeking for ways to improve the lives of the Samoan community. He is also very active in his church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints or Mormons. A devoted family man, Leota is able to accomplish most of what he does because of the love and support of his lovely wife, Sau. She is the balance to his exuberance. Together they have raised a family of sons and daughters many of whom travelled to the US from Samoa when they were very young, grew up in Orange County and then have themselves started their own families and are also contributing to the community in many ways.
Ose tasi lenei o tamã faitauina ua leva lona tautua ile atunuu i totonu ole afio'aga o Seattle ma Tacoma, le afioga lea ia Leota Pita Strickland. O lenei tamã olo'o galue mo le sosaiete ole Samoan American Pacific Oranization. O ia ma si ona faletua olo'o taumafai ina ia fa'aleleia le soifua o tamã ma tinã matutua Samoa olo'o afifio i Seattle ma Tacoma e ala lea i polokalama a le City mo le fafagaina o tagata matutua ae le gata i lea o nisi polokalama tau le soifua maloloina ua fa'amanuiaina ai Samoa i Seattle ma Tacoma.
E le gata i le tautua mo le atunu'u ae o lo'o tautua punoua'i mo lana ekalesia. O se tasi lenei o ali'i ua leva na galue i le galuega faafafe'autala'i amata mai Samoa se'i oo mai i Amerika nei o lo'o ia faia pea lenei galuega faatasi ai ma si ana faletua o Sau. O i la'ua o ni mãtua ua tula'i ma avea o ni faata'ita'ia lelei mo le autalavou Samoa ona o le la tautua matavela ua 'ae'ae ai Seattle ma Tacoma. Fa'amalo atu i lenei tamã mo lana tautua.
They say the fruit never falls far from the tree. So lets pray Leota and his wife continue to enjoy good health and that his children and grandchildren will continue to carry on the legacy of their Patriarch by serving the family, the community and the youth of Samoa just like their father and mother still do.
A Samoan fale in Washington state?
LDS Zion Camp Ground in South East WA. The First Samoan Alanmoa Ward of Tacoma, WA built this Samoan Fale 10 years ago, for all the LDS Samoan members' events during Camping duration to use & enjoy, there is also a Lake below this breath taking area for Camping.
Members of the Mormon church in Seattle/Tacoma, Washington.
Seattle and Tacoma, WA
by Suluama Patu Laumea Vivolo
photos by Suluama Patu Laumea Vivolo
Samoans in Seattle and Tacoma are ardent members of churches in the area. One of the most active churches in the area is the LDS church. Here are some of the members of the Mormon Church in Seattle and Tacoma. There are a number of Samoan Wards including Highline Ward in Burien, WA. The First Samoan Highline Ward, consists of over 300 Samoan members.