Youth suicide an 'epidemic'

By July 28, 2016 Recent News

NZ Herald 28 July 2016
When 17-year-old Nina Griffiths lost two friends to suspected suicide, she had to do something.
The Kaitaia College student organised a community korero with comedian and suicide awareness campaigner Mike King as the guest speaker.
Her conclusion? Kaitaia needs a youth-led suicide prevention programme where young people can go for help.
“For myself, I lost two mates in the last couple of months and we shouldn’t have to lose so many before we do something. The reluctance to talk about it or do something is not working as a preventative,” she said.
Miss Griffiths said there needed to be a safe space for youth to go in Kaitaia.
“People say go to counsellors. But that is not a youth-friendly environment, it’s so clinical.
That’s why the [RAID movement] was so awesome.”
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