NZ Radio Awards 2013: winner of the Best Documentary or Feature Programme & co-winner of Best Daily or Weekly series under an Hour Duration
Insight for 28 August 2011- Suicide ( 28′ 18″ )
Insight looks at the latest suicide statistics.
Each 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
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 16 March: Insight: Online health – on the way
There's a huge on line revolution under way in health, with big potential benefits for the public.
E-health through so called patient portals will provide online access to personal health information, similar to on line banking. The system enables patients to renew prescriptions, receive lab-test results online, book appointments and possibly even see a doctor's comments written following consultations.
It's a top priority for the Government to give New Zealanders online access to their personal health information by year end. A major aim of the change is to empower patients to manage their own health better, especially those with long-term conditions. It's also the biggest change for family doctors' practices in decades.
Radio New Zealand's Health Correspondent, Karen Brown, considers all the implications.
Photo: Wellington GP and e-Health advocate, Dr Peter Moodie