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Suicide in New Zealand

World Suicide Prevention Day is 10 September

Suicide in New Zealand

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Suicide is a serious health and social issue in New Zealand. Every year, more than 500 New Zealanders die by suicide, with many more attempting suicide – and suicide rates in New Zealand are rising. Suicide affects all demographic groups, though some have higher rates of suicide. Young people, men and Maori are more likely to die by suicide. There is also a disproportionately high number of suicides among farmers.

But, as suicide prevention expert Sylvia Huitson emphasized to the Taranaki Daily News, “we do need to watch out for everybody.”

“We don't want people to think they only need to worry about the farmers. We need people to focus on the whole issue otherwise people are going to slip through the cracks.”

Suicide in New Zealand

How can New Zealand safely talk about suicide?

To prevent suicide in New Zealand, it is vital that everyone – individuals, families, whanau, communities, employers, the media and government agencies – work together. No single initiative or organisation can prevent suicide on its own.

Find out what you can do to help prevent suicide. Learn about suicide warning signs and mental health factors such as depression and anxiety. Hear stories from Kiwis affected by suicide and get info on what to do if you or someone you know is considering suicide


Need help right now? Lifeline Aotearoa's telephone counselling service provides 24 hours a day, 7 days a week counselling and support. Call 0800 543 354.


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