The 'New Zealand Suicide Prevention Action Plan 2008-2012: Second Progress Report’ (the ‘second progress report’) outlines further progress made in implementing the New Zealand Suicide Prevention Action Plan 2008-2012. This second progress report builds on the progress reported in 2009 and describes developments in Government-led suicide prevention during July 2009 – June 2011.
Suicidal behaviour is usually the result of a complex range of factors interacting together. While it can be just one or two things that trigger a person to make a plan or an attempt on their own life, suicide usually results from an accumulation of risk factors. As the factors contributing to suicide are wide ranging, the prevention of suicide needs to be carried out within many different sectors and in multiple ways in order to reduce the risk factors associated with suicidal behaviour.
This second progress report illustrates that there continues to be progress in implementing the Action Plan, including:
- the promotion of mental wellbeing and support of people with mental health issues through Like Minds Like Mine and the National Depression Initiative
- the successful piloting and national dissemination of Te Whakauruora, a suicide prevention resource for Māori
- the completion of important research reports funded by the Suicide Prevention Research Fund.