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Suicide figures on the rise

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 17/10/2016

The number of New Zealanders committing suicide has hit a new high and the Chief Coroner says more needs to done to identify those at risk and ensure they get help.

According to the annual provisional suicide statistics released on Tuesday, 579 people took their lives in the year to the end of June - up from the previous record a year earlier of 564 and the highest since the statistics were first recorded in 2007/2008.

Judge Deborah Marshall says there needed to be more discussion around suicide prevention with family, friends and colleagues getting advice on how to spot those at risk and how to get professional help.

"Everyone should recognise the importance of taking suicidal thoughts seriously and knowing where to get help," she said.


* Female suicides up by 34 to 170 (29.4 per cent)

* Male suicides down by 19 to 409 (70.6 per cent)

* Highest suicide age groups: 25-29 (66); 20-24 (60); 45-49 (57)

* Suicide rate per 100,000 population: 12.33

* Highest number of deaths by DHB region: Canterbury (78); Waikato (55); Auckland (50).

Source: Coronial Services

* Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline's 24-hour telephone counselling service on 0800 543 354.

Depression Helpline (8am to 12 midnight) - 0800 111 757

Suicide Crisis Helpline (aimed at those in distress, or those who are concerned about the wellbeing of someone else) - 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)

Youthline - 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email

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