Suicide Group Launched In Auckland - 2010-08-25
A new group has been formed by people concerned with the huge numbers of people dying in New Zealand from suicide. CASPER or Community Action on Suicide Prevention, Education & Research was launched at a function on the North Shore last night.
North Shore woman Maria Bradshaw who lost her 17 year old son Toran presented up to date damning research to a large group of people including bereaved family members, health professionals, youth workers, young people, businessmen and women, NGOs and counsellors. Many were visibly shocked by information from the Child and Youth Mortality Review Committee that 10% of deaths of 10 year olds in New Zealand are from suicide, that Maori and Pacific youth account for almost 50% of youth suicides and that suicide amongst young women show an upward trend.