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A connected Aotearoa will help prevent suicide

A connected Aotearoa will help prevent suicide


Tomorrow is World Suicide Prevention Day – a day to recognise the part we all have in preventing suicide in Aotearoa, to remember those we have lost to suicide, and support the loved ones they left behind.

This year, the global theme for World Suicide Prevention Day is “one world connected” – a reminder to us that working together and supporting each other is key to preventing suicide.

“Making sure we connect with people is one of the most powerful ways to help people in distress,” Mental Health Foundation Chief Executive, Judi Clements, says.

“If you’re worried about a friend or family member, reach out to them and listen without judgement. Encourage them to get the support or help they need.

“Sometimes people just need someone to really hear them, and then they may be more willing to reach out for help from professionals such as a doctor or counsellor.”
It’s not just individuals who need to be ‘connected’ in preventing suicide, Ms Clements says.

“Every day, mental health and suicide prevention services, communities and government agencies across New Zealand work together to enact suicide prevention strategies.

“There is no room for complacency – suicide prevention is a high priority for New Zealand. By working together in a connected way, we can make a difference.”

Today the World Health Organisation (WHO) released its first global report on Suicide Prevention Preventing suicide: a global imperative. This report recommends strategies for working together globally and locally to make a difference. It also shows that New Zealand’s suicide rate has decreased by over 20% since 2000.

“It’s good to see that the WHO is working to call for global action on suicide prevention,” Ms Clements says. “We have opportunities every day to connect with those in need. There is still work to do, but a more connected Aotearoa is a great step toward preventing suicide in our communities,” Ms Clements says.

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