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Draft suicide prevention strategy open for public consultation

Wednesday, May 03, 2017   Posted in: Resources and Information By: Administrator With tags: mental health, consultation

Mental Health Foundation media release: 24th April 2017

Mental Health Foundation of NZ.Every year in New Zealand more than 500 people die by suicide and many more attempt it. This has a devastating impact on the lives of friends, families and colleagues.

It’s important to remember that suicide is preventable. Now you can have a say on how we as a country can take action to reduce suicidal behaviour and increase the wellbeing of all New Zealanders.

The New Zealand Suicide Prevention Strategy 2006–2016 has come to an end and the Ministry of Health has developed a new strategy which is open for consultation until Monday 12th June 2017.

A Strategy to Prevent Suicide in New Zealand: Draft for public consultation outlines a framework for how we can work together to prevent suicide and also identifies a set of priority areas for action.

Some of the proposed strategies include encouraging safe and responsible conversations around suicide, further work to reduce stigma around mental illness and suicide and more help for parents and families.

How to provide feedback

The consultation period is open until 11pm on Monday 12th June 2017.

Get information about making an online submission on the draft strategy.

You can also make a written submission by email (suicideprevention[at] or mail a hard copy to:

Suicide Prevention Strategy Consultation
Ministry of Health
PO Box 5013
Wellington 6140

Attend a public consultation meeting

Public consultation meetings will be held in various locations across the country. Here are the details for the Christchurch meeting:

Date and Time: Monday 8th May 2017, from 10am to 1pm
Location: Riccarton Park Function Centre (165 Racecourse Road).

A range of targeted meetings related to particular population groups will also be held, such as Māori, Pacific and LGBTIQ.

Email your interest in attending one of these public consultation meetings (suicideprevention[at]

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