29 Aug 2017

Whānau-based answers key to fixing grim suicide stats

From Morning Report, 7:46 am on 29 August 2017

Maria Baker, the head of suicide prevention programme Te Ra O Te Waka Hourua, says community-based initiatives and giving young Māori a stronger voice are key to reducing appalling suicide numbers. 

"What we see and what we hear are there are unresolved issues. They can't resolve themselves, they don't disappear. We see that the challenges that have occurred generations previously have carried on through entire communities," she tells Susie Ferguson.

Yesterday it was revealed the number of people who have died by suicide in New Zealand has reached its highest annual figure on record.

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