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

Ministry of Health:

Suicide Prevention Information New Zealand:

Casper - Community Action on Suicide Prevention, Education and Research:


Coming Up on Insight

8:12 am Sunday 29 November: Insight: Obesity Crisis

Working out at the gym

Emi Suaniu-Sofai has lost nearly 30 kilograms in six years after taking part in her church’s Enua Ola healthy living programme.

Photo: ( RNZ / Sharon Brettkelly )

The obesity crisis is costing the country $1bn a year and threatens to cripple the health system.

Next year, it's predicted to overtake smoking as the country's biggest health issue. One in three adults and one in ten children are obese.

The figure for Maori and Pacific people is much higher.

Sharon Brettkelly explores suggested solutions

8:12 am Sunday 6 December: Insight: Politics and the Public Service

Close up of green leather empty seats

Debating Chamber in Parliament

Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski

Academics and the union representing public servants worry the Public Service is under increasing political pressure.

They say political advisers in ministerial offices need a clear set of rules to govern their conduct.

Brent Edwards  explores the relationship between politicians and government workers.