The New Zealand Maori Council says the fact that Māori have the highest single per head of population suicide rate in the country and around the world is not a first they want.

Council chair Matthew Tukaki says we need a national workforce development strategy and more people responding to the problem.

“We need to have a honest conversation about the reforms required of the mental health care system and provision of service.”

Mr Tukaki thinks there also needs to be a honest conversation about where the money is spent and why the money is being spent.

“There are more than 20 district health boards across the country and each one of them have experienced an increase in the rate of suicide over the last 10 years. But for some reason people who are exiting the health system are still taking their lives “.

Where to get help:

If you are worried about your or someone else’s mental health, the best place to get help is your GP or local mental health provider. However, if you or someone else is in danger or endangering others, call police immediately on 111.

Need to talk? Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor.

Or if you need to talk to someone else:

Lifeline – 0800 543 354
Suicide Crisis Helpline – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)
Youthline – 0800 376 633 or free text 234
Kidsline – 0800 54 37 54 (for under 18s)
What’s Up – 0800 942 8787 (for 5–18 year olds 1pm–10pm weekdays and 3pm–10pm weekends)
Depression Helpline – 0800 111 757 or free text 4202
Samaritans – 0800 726 666
OUTLine NZ – 0800 688 5463
Healthline – 0800 611 116

Source: Newstalk ZB

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