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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 31 May: Insight: Auckland - Our Shining Star or Black Hole?

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Auckland's Viaduct Harbour Photo: 123RF

The "super city" of Auckland is now home to a third of New Zealand's population and economy and it is growing quickly. Official estimates predict most of the country's population growth will happen there, putting the city on track to account for 40 percent within 20 years.

The Reserve Bank has announced measures to deal with the city's house price boom, which the bank says is skewing the national economy.

But the city's astronomical rise is alarming the provinces, who say their contribution to the national economy is being ignored.

In this Insight, Ian Telfer, digs deeper into Auckland's dominance, and investigates whether it is in the national interest for Auckland to be the focus for investment, jobs and immigrants.

Is Auckland a shining star leading New Zealand towards a better future or is it a black hole sucking in resources and limiting this country's attempts to keep up with the rest of the developed world?