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Suicide Prevention Office gets down to work

November 29, 2019 at 3:36 PM




land's first ever Suicide Prevention Office has officially opened today and is already working to tackle our persistently high rate of suicide.


Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister of Health Dr David Clark visited the Ministry of Health today to mark the Office’s opening and launch a community suicide prevention fund for Māori and Pacific people.

“Last year 685 New Zealanders are believed to have taken their lives through suicide. Each of those deaths was a tragedy and we must do more to support people in distress, or struggling with addiction,” Jacinda Ardern said.

"The new Suicide Prevention Office is a crucial part of the Wellbeing Budget’s record investment in mental health and addiction, which included $40 million on suicide prevention. 

“Today, we’re announcing a $12 million Māori and Pacific suicide prevention community fund. Over the next four years this will be used to support Māori and Pacific providers to design and deliver culturally responsive suicide prevention initiatives.

“We know Māori and Pacific are over represented in suicide statistics and we need to find and support new community responses that will help change that," said Jacinda Ardern.   

Health Minister David Clark says the Suicide Prevention Office will galvanise work towards making New Zealand a better place for all to thrive. 

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Category: Government