September 10, 2019
Suicide prevention office to oversee fresh effort
The Government has chosen World Suicide Prevention Day to release its new suicide prevention strategy – Every life matters – including the establishment of a suicide prevention office.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the office provides a focus for the range of on the ground initiatives.
These include: Increasing suicide prevention services in DHBs, including more post-discharge support;
– Supporting tailored Māori and Pacific suicide prevention initiatives;
– Funding to improve support for 15,000 people who turn up at hospital emergency departments experiencing a mental health crisis or at risk of suicide;
– Expanding the information and resources available to family and whānau of those experiencing suicidal distress;
– And funding free counselling for 2,500 people (per year) bereaved by suicide, whom research shows can be vulnerable to suicidal thoughts themselves.
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