Suicide stats to be released in September

The last time official statistics documenting the number of people who took their owns lives were published by the Coronial Service of New Zealand was August 2020. It has been releasing its annual statistics every August since 2011 – you can read them here.

Today, The Buzz team hears of yet another life lost, someone made a tragic decision yesterday – the day PM Jacinda Ardern and a breathless media announced a nationwide lockdown due to someone in Auckland having been identified as having the so-called Delta variant of the covid-19 virus. Identified with a questionable PCR test that is known to deliver many false positives.

In the year to 30 June 2020, 654 people died by suicide, compared to 685 the year before – a decrease of 31 deaths.

Speaking on 21 August 2020, Chief Coroner Judge Deborah Marshall said: “Throughout this year [12 months to June 2020] there has been unhelpful and irresponsible public commentary on the effect covid-19 would have on the suicide rate.

“During the first lockdown period I said it was unhelpful to release figures for such a short time frame, as it is nearly impossible to draw sound conclusions, nor do I believe such public discourse is helpful to people in distress.”

A spokesperson for the Coronial Service says this year will be different because the Ministry of Health and the Office of the Chief Coroner are combining statistics around suicides. The annual statistics will be released around 30 September.

The question now is, given 26 elderly people sadly died in New Zealand with a covid infection, at what point does the ‘cure’ become unworkable for rank-and-file New Zealanders who face an uncertain future due to Jacinda Arden’s lockdowns, restrictions on freedom of movement, freedom to speak, freedom to question the official narrative, and a legacy media that gets pumped up at other people’s misfortune and gives government an easy ride during interviews?

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The Mental Health Foundation works alongside a range of suicide prevention initiatives as part of the New Zealand Suicide Prevention Strategy 2006–2016.We also have information on suicide loss. Helplines and local mental health services A directory of helplines and local mental health service contact details. Download