Calls about suicide and self-harm to Lifeline have surged by 48 per cent at a time when the organisation is struggling to stay afloat. Lifeline Aotearoa says the latest jump follows a 37 per cent increase in these types of calls in the previous four months.
“That’s a huge rise,” said chief executive Jo Denvir. “New Zealanders are living complex, complicated lives and it doesn’t take much to break them. One minute people are coping, then all of a sudden they’re not.”
Suicide is the third most common cause of death in New Zealand after cancer and heart disease with 564 Kiwis taking their own lives last year. It’s the highest number of suicides on record and nearly double the road toll. Of those who died, 428 were male.
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