Ministry of Health consulting on draft strategy to prevent suicide

News article

12 May 2017

Suicide has a devastating ripple effect across communities, not just for those who die by suicide, but for their whânau, families, friends, colleagues, sports teammates, neighbours and the wider community. The impacts of suicide on all our lives are long lasting and profound.

“Previous suicide prevention strategies have guided work to date and while some progress has been made, more needs to be done to prevent suicide across New Zealand,” says Dr John Crawshaw, Director of Mental Health.

“The draft strategy sets out a vision of how we can work together to prevent suicide; it is the responsibility of all of us. No one person or organisation can prevent suicide; we all need to be involved from government agencies, to employers, neighbours and families.”

“We want to hear from you about how best to work together to prevent suicide. It is vital that everyone gets involved and works together so that we can make a real impact. I encourage you to attend one of our public meetings to share your views or make a submission via our website.”

Public meetings

  • Monday 15 May 2017 in New Plymouth from 11 am – 2.30 pm, The Devon Hotel, 390 Devon Street East
  • Thursday 18 May 2017 in Hamilton (Mâori hui) from 9.30 am – 12.30 pm, Hui Te Rangiora Marae, 89 Clarence Street
  • Tuesday 23 May 2017 in Auckland from 1 – 4 pm, Alexandra Park, corner Green Lane West & Manukau Road, Auckland
  • Wednesday 24 May 2017 in Auckland (Pacific fono) from 10 am – 2 pm, hosted by Le Va, Harakeke House, 15 Ronwood Ave, Manukau City
  • Thursday 25 May 2017 in Kerikeri (Mâori hui) from 9.30 am – 12.30 pm, Kerikeri RSA, 37 Cobham Road
  • Monday 29 May 2017 in Dunedin from 10.45 am – 1.45 pm, Edgar Centre, 116 Portsmith Drive, Andersons Bay
  • Tuesday 30 May 2017 in Whakatane (Mâori hui) from 10.30 am – 2.30 pm, Adventure Solutionz, corner Thornton and Golf Links Rd

Register online to attend a public consultation meeting.

You can read the consultation document and make a submission online.


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