Tongan scholar exposes youth suicide rate, says more research needed to find ways to help

Pehē ‘e Dr Lolohea Tongi mei he Halamangaono’ Leimātu’a, Vava’u ‘i he ola ‘ene fakatotolo fakaako’ ko e to’utupu Tonga’ ‘oku mā’olunga taha ‘enau taonakita’ ‘i Nu’u Sila’ pea ‘oku fiema’u ‘a e tokoni lahi ki heni.

Young Tongans have the highest rates of youth suicide in New Zealand, according to a newly completed doctoral thesis by a Tongan scholar. Dr Lolohea Tongi’s thesis was awarded by Griffith University in Brisbane. Her research looked at mental health issues in young Tongans in New Zealand and Australia. Dr Tongi said her research called…

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