The highest rate of teen suicide in the developed world

Stuff 16 October 2016
Family First Comment: Shocking – and tragic.
New Zealand has the highest rate of teen suicide in the developed world, an OECD report reiterates.
Despite the alarming information the report revealed nothing new.
New Zealand continuously ranked among the worst in the world for our levels of teen suicide.
In a normal week two teenagers or two children kill themselves, Youthline director Stephen Bell says. About 20 young people will be hospitalised for self-harm each week, he estimated.
This was New Zealand’s shame, he said. If suicide was a contagious disease, Bell said the country would have demanded action.


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