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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 5 July: Getting Real About Renting

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Auckland landlord Helen Walsh is renovating her second rental property in Howick. ( RNZ/Kate Newton )

Home ownership may still be the Kiwi dream but, for a growing number of New Zealanders, renting is the reality.

More than half the population aged 15 or over now lives in a rental property and people are renting for longer and much later into life.

The Government has focused its efforts  on trying to build more homes in an effort to meet housing demand.

But is it also time to consider the well being of those who are renting indefinitely?

Kate Newton asks what kind of changes New Zealand might need to make to its tenancy laws and culture in order for renting to become a more attractive prospect for those who have no other choice.

 

8:12 am Sunday 12 July: Future Financial Stability

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( RNZ / Diego Opatowski )

Two months on from the Reserve Banks’ report on financial stability and the three areas identified as posing a risk have worsened.

The Auckland housing market continues to spiral upward, dairy prices are still in the doldrums and global financial conditions, at least in the case of Greece, are hitting crisis point.

Some commentators say this  country needs to alter course before there is a serious readjustment.

Others are more positive.

Philippa Tolley explores how worried New Zealanders should be about financial stability