The Facts

  • There is one death by suicide in the world every 40 seconds with Suicide being the 3rd leading cause of death in the world for those aged 15-44 years.
  • Suicide amongst males is 4x’s higher than among females.
  • Females experience depression at roughly 2x’s the rate of men.
  • 12.7 in 100,000 young adults ages 20-24 die by suicide each year.
  • A total of 579 Kiwis took their own lives in the 2016 financial year.
This bar graph shows the amounts of suicides from males, females and the totals from each year between 1996-2013.

New Zealand's suicide rate remains alarmingly high, with a continuous similarity between 2002 and 2013 and no signs of change.

Depression is the leading cause to suicide.

A major cause of suicide is mental illness, very commonly depression. Depression is an illness that affects the way you feel and behave for weeks or months at a time. When you are depressed, your low mood lasts, affecting your sleep, relationships, job and appetite. There needs to be more discussion about suicide prevention and how family, friends and colleagues could identify someone at risk and help them get professional support.

The Signs of a Suicidal Person

Are There Warning Signs of Suicide?

Warning signs that someone may be thinking about or planning to commit suicide include the following:

  • Always talking or thinking about death
  • Clinical depression -- deep sadness, loss of interest, trouble sleeping and eating -- that gets worse
  • Having a "death wish," tempting fate by taking risks that could lead to death, such as driving fast or running red lights
  • Losing interest in things one used to care aboutMaking comments about being hopeless, helpless, or worthless
  • Putting affairs in order, tying up loose ends, changing a will
  • Saying things like "it would be better if I wasn't here" or "I want out"
  • Sudden, unexpected switch from being very sad to being very calm or appearing to be happy
  • Talking about suicide or killing one's self
  • Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
Empty Seat suicide prevention video

"Don't let there be another"

Where to get help.
It's the actions leading up to suicide that go unnoticed

Suicide can be prevented, it's all about knowing where to look for help.

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