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World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day (Sept. 10) is an annual event sponsored by the International Association for Suicide Prevention in collaboration with the World Health Organisation. The theme this year is: Think Globally, Plan Nationally, Act Locally

To mark World Suicide Prevention Day 2008, I invite you to attend a free seminar exploring the role of media in suicide prevention. SPINZ are running three seminars, the first being in Auckland on 10th September, Wellington on 11th September and Nelson 12th September.

SPINZ are delighted to be hosting Associate Professor Jane Pirkis for these events. Jane Pirkis (PhD) is Assistant Director and Principal Research Fellow in the University of Melbourne’s Program Evaluation Unit. She has a long-standing interest in suicide and the media, and has contributed significantly to knowledge in the area. Together with Warwick Blood, she was responsible for the internationally-recognised Media Monitoring Project which examined the extent, nature and quality of media reporting of suicide and mental illness in Australia for a full year.

This is an opportunity to hear about work that is being done in Australia and New Zealand investigating the complex area of suicide and the media. You will hear about current research, the perspectives of journalists and editors and also about the policies that are in place.

Merryn Statham, Director of SPINZ (Suicide Prevention Information NZ)
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Merryn Statham, Director of SPINZ (Suicide Prevention Information NZ)


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