May 27, 2013
More money for Māori suicide prevention
The Government is making available $8 million over the next four years for Māori and Pasifika communities to develop their own solutions to suicide.
Launching the New Zealand Suicide Prevention Action Plan to 2016, Associate Health Minister, Peter Dunne, said a non-government organisation will be contracted to develop suicide prevention services.
The aim is to build up leadership and ensure relevant education and training is available in these communities.
Mr Dunne says that should give policy-makers a better understanding of what works specifically for Māori and Pasifika in suicide prevention.
The plan also includes more support for people who lose a family member to suicide.
Victim Support has been running a trial programme in seven district health board areas, which will be made available nationwide from next year.
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