TADS – 28/6/17: Suicide

An Oamaru woman who lost her son to suicide says the government’s draft suicide prevention plan is “spineless”.

Patrice Harrex presented a Public Service Association submission to the Ministry of Health in Dunedin today on its draft Suicide Prevention Strategy.

In April, the ministry started consultation on its 10-year plan to decrease the number of people who commit suicide each year – currently it’s more than 500.

The ministry’s director of mental health, John Crawshaw, said government agencies would look at the feedback and provide advice for the incoming government after the 2017 General Election.