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NZ suicides continue to increase

Posted at 12:02pm Monday 28 Aug, 2017

A total of 606 people took their own lives in the 2016/17 year, according to the annual provisional suicide statistics released today.

This is the third year in a row the number has increased.

This is the highest number of suicide deaths since the provisional statistics were first recorded for the 2007/08 year, and follows last year’s total of 579 (2015/16), and 564 in the year before that (2014/15).

However, the suicide rate per 100,000 people for the year (12.64), while higher than last year (12.33) was similar to that in 2010/11 (12.65).

Chief Coroner Judge Deborah Marshall says New Zealand had much to do to turn around its stubbornly high rate of suicide.

“In the last year we’ve seen a lot of discussion about suicide and the incredible emotional toll it takes on those who are left behind. While acknowledging that people are taking their own lives is important, it is only part of the conversation about suicide in the community.

“What is equally important is our discussion around how we can prevent suicides and how everyone – family, friends and colleagues – is able to recognise someone at risk and ensure they get the professional help they need.”

This year’s figures show:

  •   •           The 20-24 year-old age cohort recorded the highest number of suicide deaths (79), followed by 64 each in both the 25-29 and 40-44 year-old cohorts. Last year, the 25-29-year-old age cohort recorded the highest number of suicide deaths (66), followed by the 20-24-year-old cohort (60) and 45-49 age group (57).

  •   •           Maori suicide death numbers are up by one from last year with 130, which was the same as two years earlier. Maori continue to have the highest suicide rate of all ethnic groups at 21.73.

 

 


COMMENTS

There IS a button we can press;-

Posted on 31-08-2017 11:19 | By Papamoaner

Since the last post, I approached police about this, and was advised that their communications centres have a good system in place with contact numbers of experts, and the ability to patch a caller through to the appropriate agency if deemed urgent. Very impressive and reassuring, BUT why is this not more widely advertised?? We should have adverts on Media including TV to the effect that "if you think somebody might be a suicide risk, CALL POLICE"
@Minib

Posted on 30-08-2017 09:44 | By Papamoaner

Cheers mate. It has the potential to turn us bad as a society. What the hell’s going on to cause this? We have kids growing up who can see no future and no point in life, then alongside them, other kids growing up to be bastards who don’t care, maybe even the odd one or two who encourage suicide.Maybe something’s wrong at a very young age, that we haven’t yet identified. Got me stuffed, but hopefully someone somewhere has an answer and is in a position to fix it.
@Papamoaner

Posted on 29-08-2017 16:54 | By Minib

Congratulations on a well written article, for once I agree with you wholeheartedly it is a sad indictment on N Z to have one of the highest suicide rates in the world.
These comments are not surprising

Posted on 28-08-2017 18:58 | By Papamoaner

What we are all saying, is we need more research. Not just research into suicide per se, but into suicide in NZ in particular. We need a dedicated government funded and properly resourced agency to investigate and research this urgent issue, with inputs from social workers, police, psychologists psychiartrists, district nurses, judges, public submissions etc. Meanwhile, anyone suffering depression needs a contact number to call when in crisis, and therein lies the biggest problem - how do we identify them first? Social workers and nurses might well be the ones in the best position to do that. I am guessing the successful suicider is the loner who doesn’t tell anyone. Sadly, they probably don’t really want to do it either, and just need a nudge in the right direction and a kind word. Sadly, many others don’t care about the problem.
Hmmmm

Posted on 28-08-2017 17:55 | By Tgaboy

That’s not good. Maybe folks aren’t teaching resilience like they used too. We are so busy today banning bullying and identifying why we are not to blame for our situations etc and I’m wondering if this means people are less likely to be resilient to life’s not so fun times. It would also be worth reviewing the social/family factors around the suicides. I’d be willing to bet the majority came from unhealthy whanaus/families with a lack of support within.
@hapukafin

Posted on 28-08-2017 17:55 | By GreertonCynic

What The Flying F? Mental illness and illicit drug use are interrelated and complicated. We must invest more in healthcare, mental and otherwise.
NZ is awesome!

Posted on 28-08-2017 12:31 | By swampdog

We live in the greatest country on planet Earth so there has to be something very wrong going on for this to be happening:(
Suicide numbers

Posted on 28-08-2017 12:20 | By hapukafin

I come from a family that a member has suffered mental illness,its not good and hard to accept.The numbers we have doesnt make for good reading but it would be good to know what number of suicide is from mental illness and what number is from illicit drug related.Lets not tie the two together

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