19 Dec 2016

Tonga psychiatrist backs attempted suicide law

From , 4:02 pm on 19 December 2016

A Psychiatrist in Tonga is supporting police charging people who have attempted suicide.

Tonga Police say the number of charges laid for attempted suicide in the country is rising and there is a need for more mental health support in the country.

Under the Criminal Offences Act, convictions for attempted suicide can be punishable with up to three years imprisonment.

Dr Mapa Puloka who heads the Psychiatric unit at Vaiola Hospital spoke to Indira Stewart.

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