Suicides come after people slip through cracks – study

by Anusha Bradley, RNZ National News, 2 June 2016

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Ms Bradley reports on a study by the Suicide Mortality Review Committee which examined the 1797 suicides in New Zealand between 2007 and 2011, and in particular three groups with very high suicide rates: young Māori, mental health clients and working-aged men.

Another significant finding in the study was that many of the people who committed suicide were known to a number of government agencies.

About 40 percent had come to the attention of the police in the decade before their death. Half had committed an offence in the year before.

Among young Māori, 40 percent had contact with Child Youth and Family, and 12 percent had been in its care at some point in their lives.

The Police, Corrections, and social and health services often had significant involvement with suicide victims at various points in their lives and frontline staff need more training and agencies must work more closely together, said Dr Kydd.

Dr Kydd said a permanent suicide review committee was needed to find out more about why people took their own lives and that information could be used to prevent future deaths.

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