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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.