Suicide toll reaches highest rate since records kept

Stuff 3 July 2015
The provisional suicide toll has risen to its highest figure since the coroner’s office started releasing the statistics.
From the year June 2014- May 2015, 569 people died by suicide or suspected suicide.
Last year (for the year ending 30 June 2014) that number was 529.
The information from the Coroner was released to New Zealand First under parliamentary questions and is a worrying development say experts.
“It seems to have completely bucked the trend,” says Stephen Bell of youth mental health service Youthline.
Last year’s figures had been the lowest number by two since the annual coronial figures were first produced for the 2007/2008 year.
Suicide by the years
2007/2008 – 540
2009/2010 – 558
2011/2012 – 547
2013/ 2014- 529
2014/2015 – 569

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