Suicide prevention focus of new DHB plans

By September 10, 2015 Recent News

Radio NZ News 9 September 2015
A Nelson woman, whose husband took his own life, is welcoming a government push to improve the way health boards tackle suicide.
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman said today health boards nationwide have plans in place to help them, in partnership with their local communities, prevent and respond to suicide.
City councillor Gaile Noonan said anything that increased discussion about what she said was a hidden epidemic, was a step in the right direction.
Dr Coleman said all DHBs had been working with community organisations, iwi and health professionals to review the needs of communities and services currently being provided. He said they had suicide prevention plans in place for the next two years.
“Reducing suicide rates requires coordinated action at a national and local level. DHBs are well placed to bring community groups together to coordinate and lead an approach that best meets local needs,” Dr Coleman said.
Tomorrow is World Suicide Prevention Day and the theme this year is Reaching out and Saving Lives.