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Samaritans would welcome target to cut suicide rates

Media release: 9 August 2017

Samaritans, at the frontline of suicide prevention, has welcomed news Health Minister Jonathan Coleman is reconsidering setting a target to reduce suicide rates in New Zealand.

“Suicide is devastating and in New Zealand it is widely known that we have one of the worst youth suicide rates in the developed world,” Samaritans Wellington Chair, Peter Barker, said.

Samaritans struggling as mental health needs rise

Media release: 7 August 2017

Samaritans, at the frontline of suicide prevention in New Zealand for more than 50 years, are struggling to survive financially, Samaritans Wellington Chair, Peter Barker, said.

Having the worst teen suicide rate in the developed world is the most glaring symptom of New Zealand’s mental health crisis, but the 30,000 calls Samaritans take annually, tell us of a multitude of other symptoms, Barker said.

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