Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Minister welcomes stories of hope

Hon Dr David Clark

Minister of Health

PĀNUI PĀPĀHO

MEDIA STATEMENT

10 September 2018

Minister welcomes stories of hope on World Suicide Prevention Day

Health Minister Dr David Clark says it’s encouraging to see an increasing focus on those who have come through the other side of mental health challenges as we grapple with high suicide numbers.

“An estimated 150,000 New Zealanders wrestle with suicidal thoughts each year and the vast majority have subsequently gone on to lead very fulfilling and full lives,” David Clark said.

“I’m inspired by stories of hope. It’s imperative that there are survivors’ stories - people who are living good lives who wrestled with these issues and found a way through. We should also celebrate those who have supported people through this as well.”

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day and this year it comes just a month after the Chief Coroner’s provisional data suggested 668 New Zealanders took their own lives in the last year.

“Behind each of those deaths are whanau, friends and communities who will have felt deeply the loss of a loved one.

“Tackling this ongoing tragedy and improving our wider mental health approach is a major priority for this Government. That’s why we launched the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction as part of our first 100 days programme, and it is due to report back to Government by the end of next month.

“I expect clear directions from the Inquiry on reducing the number of New Zealanders who take their own lives each year. This will be due in part to those who have taken the time to tell the inquiry of their own experiences and I thank them for their courage.




© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Mosque Shooting Response: Ban On Military Style Semi-Automatics And Assault Rifles

Military style semi-automatics and assault rifles will be banned in New Zealand under stronger new gun laws announced today, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says... Related parts used to convert these guns into MSSAs are also being banned, along with all high-capacity magazines.

“An amnesty will be put in place for weapons to be handed in, and Cabinet has directed officials to develop a buyback scheme...All semi-automatic weapons used during the terrorist attack on Friday 15 March will be banned." More>>

RNZ Report: No Mention Of Right-Wing Threat In 10 Years Of GCSB/SIS Docs
There is not one specific mention of the threat posed by white supremacists or right-wing nationalism in 10 years of public documents from the Security Intelligence Service or the GCSB. More>>

Two Minute Silence Friday: Auckland Mosques Opening Their Doors To All
Mosques in the four corners of Auckland will open their doors on Friday night for people of all faiths to gather in remembrance of the 50 lives lost in the Christchurch shootings. More>>

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK
For the Latest: Scoop Search - Christchurch
 

Gordon Campbell: On The School Climate Strike

Locally, the school strike has won a ton of support for bringing climate change to the fore. Yet the strikers don't want mere expressions of support. They want action. More>>

ALSO:

"Grabbed And Struck In The Face": Greens Co-Leader Attacked While Walking To Work

Green Party co-leader James Shaw was the victim of an unprovoked attack when he was walking to work in Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

████████ ████ ███: Latest OIA Statistics Released

The latest statistics cover 110 agencies that collectively completed 18,106 official information requests between July and December 2018, a 16.4% increase on the 15,551 requests for the previous six months. More>>

ALSO:

'Hit And Run' Inquiry: New Legal Action Over Secrecy

The lawyer representing the Afghan villagers in the inquiry into Operation Burnham has launched legal proceedings calling for a judicial review in the investigation. More>>

ALSO:

From Hydro Plan To...: Mokihinui River Land To Join Kahurangi National Park

A total of 64,400 hectares of conservation land in the Mokihinui River catchment on the West Coast north of Westport, including 15 km of riverbed, is being added to Kahurangi National Park. “Adding this area, roughly half the size of Auckland City, to Kahurangi is the largest addition of land to an existing national park in New Zealand’s history,” Eugenie Sage said. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels