September 20, 2012
Maori wardens get training on suicide prevention
South Auckland Maori wardens say suicide prevention or dealing with the after affects of suicide is an increasing part of their work.
The wardens held a wananga at Nga Whare Waatea hosted by Talk Safe to hear from experts in prevention.
Wardens’ spokesperson Thomas Henry says people of any age can be affected, and the wardens are regularly getting requests for help and information from affected whanau.
The Maori suicide rate in the 15 to 24 year age group is almost 80 percent higher than the Pakeha rate, with Maori women in particular far more likely to kill themselves than non-Maori.