Increasing Suicide Statistics demands a radical rethink of suicide prevention.

Commenting on the suicide statistics released by the Chief Coroner today, a leading suicide prevention expert, Barry Taylor, says the increase in suicide particularly in Māori and Pacific Island is now a national disgrace and that unless there is a radical rethink what is being done in the name of suicide prevention the rates will continue to climb. Mr Taylor who has worked in suicide prevention for over thirty years at the local, national and international levels and who led the first national response to youth suicide in the late 1980’s expressed great disappointment and frustration in the lack of progress in tackling suicide in this country. “We should be concerned about both the quality

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