The 'New Zealand Suicide Prevention Action Plan 2008-2012 Report on Progress: Year One' provides a snapshot of the key developments in the first year of implementing the New Zealand Suicide Prevention Action Plan 2008-2012 (the Action Plan), which was published in March 2008.
The introduction provides an outline of the latest suicide statistics and trends and information about the structures set up to implement the Action Plan.
Progress to date on implementing each goal of the Action Plan is described in Part One. Part Two contains a table that summarises the progress made on milestones set under each goal of the Action Plan.
The seven goals of the Action Plan are:
- Promote mental health and well-being, and prevent mental health problems
- Improve the care of people who are experiencing mental disorders associated with suicidal behaviour
- Improve the care of people who make non-fatal suicide attempts
- Reduce access to the means of suicide
- Promote the safe reporting and portrayal of suicidal behaviour by the media
- Support families/whānau, friends and others affected by a suicide or suicide attempt
- Expand the evidence about the rates, causes and effective interventions.
Although some actions have been identified that need further attention, significant progress has been made in the first year of implementing the Action Plan. Approximately 70 percent of the 53 actions in the Action Plan are currently under way.