Māori suicide rates still high

By Heeni Brown
Provisional annual suicide figures show there were a total of 529 suicides for the year ending on the 30th of June 2014.
According to figures released today by the Chief Coroner Judge Neil MacLean there were 12 fewer suicides compared to last year, however Māori still represent a large proportion of those statistics with a total of 105 Māori committing suicide between 2012 and 2013. 
Statistics estimate that around one in every five people who commit suicide are Māori.
Youth suicide numbers for people aged under 24 has also dropped since last year with 110 suicides compared to 144 previously.
Another key observation from this year's statistics is the rise in suicides among older people. The number of suicides recorded in over-60 year olds went up from 75 in 2012-13 to 97 in 2013-14.
Judge Neil MacLean says, while it is encouraging to see a slight drop in numbers, the overall rate is still stubbornly high and disappointingly consistent. 

"This year's numbers have moved in the right direction but not by much. In spite of this, it's important we focus on the positives and there are some we can take from the statistics." 

Te Kāea reporter Heeni Brown will bring you more information on the latest statistics tonight on Te Kāea at 5:30 and 7:00 pm with subtitles. 

There are a range of services available to those in need of help, there is a free resource and information service under the Mental Health Foundation on 09 623 4812.

• Lifeline - 0800 543 354 

• Depression Helpline (8 am to 12 midnight) - 0800 111 757 

• Healthline - 0800 611 116 

• Suicide Crisis Helpline  0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO) 

• Youthline - 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email talk@youthline.co.nz