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 21 December: Insight: Living Poverty

Alan Smith croppedPensioner Alan Smith in his council bedsit in New Plymouth ( RNZ / Robin Martin)

Insight speaks to those living in, or close to poverty, from around the country about what everyday life is like for them and what changes would really make a difference to their lives

In this programme we hear from the people not the policy makers: from a single father in Nelson to pensioners in Taranaki, a family in Auckland and whanau in Northland.