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The dis­par­ity be­tween kids’ health in Porirua is heart­break­ing.

In just one year, about a third of young peo­ple have ex­pe­ri­enced stress that has a neg­a­tive ef­fect on them al­ways or most of the time.

Cap­i­tal and Coast Dis­trict Health Board saw 165 peo­ple hos­pi­talised per 100,000 for self­harm be­tween 2010 and 2014 - way above the na­tional rate of 64 per 100,000.

How­ever the rate of sui­cide for those aged up to 24 is at a rate of 5.81, sig­nif­i­cantly be­low the na­tional rate of 8.75.

These de­tails and more are high­lighted in a re­port on Porirua’s chil­dren and young peo­ple that is as broad as it is sober­ing.

The coun­cil should be com­mended for its for­ward­think­ing in in­vest­ing in this type of re­search that will help it shape the lives of fu­ture gen­er­a­tions through its LongTerm Plan.

- Jared Ni­coll, Kapi-Mana News Se­nior Re­porter.

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