16 Nov 2020

Kiwi journalist Linda Collins on breaking the suicide taboo

From Nine To Noon, 10:10 am on 16 November 2020
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New Zealander Linda Collins has lived every parent's worst nightmare - the death by suicide of her 17-year-old daughter.

Her life was shattered when she woke one Monday morning to find her daughter Victoria's bed in their Singapore apartment was empty.

In the weeks and months that followed, Linda and her husband Malcolm McLeod would learn more about their daughter through her journals, piecing together her unhappiness and increased fixation with committing suicide.

Linda has written a book about what happened called Loss Adjustment, which she hopes will open up a conversation about suicide.

If you or someone you know is affected by this story, you can get more information on the Mental Health Foundation's website -  or by calling Healthline on 0800 611 116.

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