NZ Herald March 17, 2008
The Government will today start a strategy to tackle suicide. As many as 500 people take their own lives each year and suicide is the second most common cause of death among New Zealand youth, with up to 10 deaths a week. The Suicide Prevention Action Plan is aimed at reducing those numbers. The launch – in Wellington this afternoon – will detail four initiatives, addressing student wellbeing, mental health education, the national depression campaign and the Lowdown, a website looking at youth depression.
With about one in seven young Kiwis aged 16-24 experiencing serious depression, the interactive website encourages youngsters to deal with depression appropriately….There has been a 19 per cent decrease in suicide deaths since the 1990s, but Associate Health Minister Jim Anderton said there was still a long way to go.