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Insight for 28 August 2011- Suicide

Insight looks at the latest suicide statistics.

suicide pic spinzEach year in New Zealand, the number of people who take their own lives is higher than the road toll.

A review of media guidelines on the reporting of suicide is currently underway, with some arguing that greater openness could help address the problem.

Erina O'Donohue  investigates what's being done to tackle what's often described as a silent epidemic.

Information on suicide prevention and support services:

Lifeline: 0800 543 354 or  Youthline: 0800 376 633 or  Depression helpline: 0800 111 757 or  Samaritans: 0800 726 666

http://www.depression.org.nz

http://www.thelowdown.co.nz

Ministry of Health: http://www.moh.govt.nz/suicideprevention

Suicide Prevention Information New Zealand:  http://www.spinz.org.nz

Casper - Community Action on Suicide Prevention, Education and Research: http://www.casper.org.nz


 

Coming Up on Insight

8:12 am Sunday 14 February: New Cancer Drugs and Funding Conundrums

A bright  yellow and aqua sphere, representing the immune system, sits alongside a brown cancer sphere with little goemetric shapes between indicating the drug's action

Manufacturer's illustration of how the new melanoma drug, Keytruda, stops cancer cells hiding from the immune system

Photo: Supplied

New immunotherapy drugs are the hot topic in cancer internationally. 

They stimulate the body's own immune system to fight disease, providing a possible cure for some patients. 

With the highest rates in the world of the deadly skin cancer melanoma, and no effective funded treatment for advanced disease, patients here are demanding action over the drug, Keytruda.

But the price is eye-watering and Pharmac is questioning the effectiveness.

RNZ's health correspondent, Karen Brown, investigates how good these new-generation drugs are, and the debate over whether or not NZ should fund them.

8:12 am Sunday 21 February: Insight: Sheep and goats - the new dairy boom?

Dairy sheep leaving the shed

Dairy sheep leaving the shed

Photo: ( RNZ / Alexa Cook )

There has been a surge in interest in sheep and goat dairy in the past few years with farms springing up around the country and plants exporting infant formula and whole milk powder to Asia and Europe.

While dairy goats and sheep have been in New Zealand  since the 1970's, numbers are climbing and about 35,000 sheep and 50,000 goats are now being milked.

But predictions for the future are mixed, with some goat exporters worried that markets will be flooded, while others say there is not enough supply to keep up with demand.

Alexa Cook explores the dairy goat and sheep industry to find out why more people are keen to get involved.