3 News 21 Dec 2010
Female youth suicide rates are at their highest level since 1999, according to 2008 figures released by the Health Ministry today. The report, Suicide Facts, showed that in 2008, on average nearly 47 people a week were admitted to hospital as a result of self harm or a suicide attempt. There were 497 deaths and 2465 hospitalisations. While the suicide rate of 11.2 deaths per 100,000 people was slightly higher than in the previous year, it was 25.6 percent lower than the peak rate in 1998. The Maori suicide rate of 13.3 per 100,000 was higher than the non-Maori suicide rate (10.6 per 100,000), but the difference was not statistically significant, the ministry said. The overall suicide rate among people aged 15 to 24 was down 35.4 percent from the peak in 1995, but the female youth suicide rate of 11.1 per 100,000 people was the highest since 1999.