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Help the Mental Health Foundation work towards reducing suicide

Wednesday, July 19, 2017   Posted in: Resources and Information By: Administrator With tags: mental health, prevention, suicide

Break the Silence.You may have seen the NZ Herald special series about youth suicide called #BreakTheSilence that began last week. New Zealand has the highest youth suicide rate in the developed world and we need to put serious thought and energy into changing the future for our young people.

Having conversations and an open dialogue on suicide in New Zealand is a good start but it’s not going to fix the problem. We can’t continue to invest in the same programmes and strategies if they're not making a difference.

The Mental Health Foundation approach to seeing a reduction in suicide

The MHF have just submitted feedback to the Government on the Suicide Prevention Action Plan and we’ve said it's time for innovative thinking, new ideas and setting actual targets – we suggest a national commitment to reducing suicides by 20 percent by 2020.

No single organisation can achieve systemic change, but the MHF can be a voice for people living with mental health problems. Together we can advocate for an improvement in the mental health system so it is recovery-focused, provides early intervention and puts the wellbeing of individuals and their loved ones front and centre.

With your support, we can advocate for a better New Zealand for our young people, to address the problems causing our high youth suicide rate and create real hope and optimism for the future. I know you want that as much as we do. And we can’t do it without your help.

Make a donation today, and together we can work towards reducing suicide by 20 percent in Aotearoa by 2020.

Donate to the Mental Health Foundation online. You can also text 'Break the Silence' to 2446 to make an automatic $3 donation to the MHF.

Mental Health Foundation of NZ.Yours sincerely,

Shaun Robinson
Chief Executive
Mental Health Foundation of NZ

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