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 6 September: Insight: Fossil Fuels - Necessity or Lethal Indulgence ?

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Photo: 123rf

Fossil fuels still fire many aspects of our economy.

That's despite the fact  their role in adding to the CO2 levels in the atmosphere is well known.

And the search for new supplies continues, even though environmentalists warn of the climate change consequences of burning even the the known resources still underground.
Radio New Zealand's Energy Reporter, Eric Frykberg, explores what future lies ahead for fossil fuels.


8:12 am Sunday 13 September: Insight: Relationship Turmoil

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Relationships Aotearoa packs up. ( RNZ / Alexander Robertson )

In June the country's oldest and largest counselling service closed its doors.

For six decades Relationships Aotearoa provided counselling services to individuals, couples and families.  

But chronic underfunding, relationship breakdowns, contractual difficulties, an absence of effective governance and changing government priorities overwhelmed Relationships Aotearoa.

What the implications of the closure for those who used the services and the wider sector.