Insight

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 27 July: Indentifying NZ's Most Vulnerable Kids

Official figures show there are 260,000 children living in poverty and reducing that number is a key focus for the Government.

The Growing Up In New Zealand longitudinal study, which follows the lives of 7000 children and their families, is trying to find out which children are most at risk as early as possible and what can be done to improve their lives. damp window

As its researchers reveal their latest findings on child vulnerability, Radio New Zealand reporter, Anusha Bradley revisits six families involved in the study to see how they are getting on.

 

Image: RNZ/Anusha Bradley

 

8:12 am Sunday 3 August: Future Food Security - Feast or Famine?

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Buffalo ploughs a rice paddy in Vietnam (RNZ/Benedict Collins)

All over the world efforts are underway to try to breed new, stronger and more nutritious varieties of grains, fruits and vegetables for the rising global population.

Work is being carried to try to help farmers keep on producing enough food, as concern about how crops might cope with climate change intensifies.

Radio New Zealand's Rural reporter, Benedict Collins speaks to experts across Asia and New Zealand about the big issues facing food now and what their predictions are for the future.