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 5 April: Insight: Demands for Elective Surgery

Mr Bagshaw in operating theatres at the hospital

Christchurch surgeon, Philip Bagshaw, in operating room at the city's charity hospital  Photo: RNZ / Karen Brown

More than 165 thousand New Zealanders had non-urgent or elective surgery last year -- 60 per cent more than in 2003.

They were the ones who got through the complex and poorly understood system for choosing which patients are most in need of non-acute hip or knee replacement surgery, or treatment for hernias, varicose veins or cataracts.

Many others failed to make it onto public hospital waiting lists for surgery but were returned to the care of their family doctor to wait and hope for a better outcome in six months' time, or later.

No one knows how big this group representing so-called unmet need is, but surgeons say it's rising as the population grows and ages. 

Radio New Zealand's Health Correspondent, Karen Brown, has been exploring what, if any, changes are needed.