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Dunne Outlines Suicide Prevention Development

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Peter Dunne
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Wellington, Sept 11 NZPA - The Government has achieved 70 percent of the 53 steps set out in its plan to prevent suicide, Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne says.

The suicide prevention action plan was announced in March last year as a strategy for five years.

Its aims included promoting mental health and well-being, improving care for those who survived suicide attempts, reducing access to the means of suicide and promoting the "safe reporting" and portrayal of suicidal behaviour.

Considerable progress had made, but there was still much to do, Mr Dunne told the Suicide Prevention Information New Zealand annual conference in Wellington this morning.

The 70 percent of the plan currently under way included five suicide prevention coordinators being appointed in district health boards around the country, increased support services to reduce the impact of depression, a reconfigured support service for those affected by suicide, a traumatic incident management team to help deal with traumatic events in schools and investment in research.

A Towards Wellbeing programme has helped reduce suicides among young people in the care of Child Youth and Family.

"Many of the initiatives outlined in the report have components that are specifically designed to be responsive to Maori," Mr Dunne said. "It is a tragedy that every year too many people cannot see any way out other than to take their own life.

But suicide is preventable; there are many points at which we can intervene and help to turn things around."

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