NZ suicide research, statistics and prevention strategy


NZ Ministry of Health

Latest NZ Ministry of Health Suicide data and stats. This summarises suicide information received from the New Zealand Mortality Collection, and admissions to hospital for intentional self-harm sourced from the New Zealand National Minimum Dataset. There is always a delay in dates as they must all be confirmed by the coronial process, which can, at times, have delays as inviestigations must be fully completed. 

The data show that overall, New Zealand's suicide rate was slightly lower in 2011 than in 2010, and 29.8% lower than the peak rates in the late 1990s.

The overall rate for youth suicide has continued to show an overall decline, but remains high compared with other OECD countries. Māori youth suicide rates are not showing the same downward trend, and are 2.4 times higher than for non-Māori youth.

New Zealand suicide prevention action plan 2013–2016 – The Ministry of Health action plan has two parts: a summary of proposed actions and the evidence underlying the actions.

Suicide and the Media: A study of the media response (2004)

The NZ Mental Health Foundation

Te Whakauruora - Restoration of Health: Māori Suicide Prevention  is a book designed as a community development and action-focused resource to primarily assist hapū, iwi, hapori Māori and community groups.

NZSTATS – The University of Auckland Library

New Zealand Statistics : Suicide

TeAra – The Encyclopaedia of New Zealand

Web section topic: Suicide

“Every year more New Zealanders die by their own hand than in car crashes. The reasons behind suicide are always complex, but mental illness is often a major factor. Following a peak in the late 1990s, a number of programmes have led to a reduction in the suicide rate.”

The Chief Coroner
Annual release of provisional suicide statistics
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