No change in num­bers

Rodney Times - - FRONT PAGE -

Fig­ures re­leased by the New Zealand chief coro­ner show the num­ber of deaths ruled as self­in­flicted has stayed at about 540 for each of the last three fi­nan­cial years 2007-2010.

Health Min­istry sta­tis­tics show male sui­cide rates were al­most three times fe­male sui­cide rates in 2008, and fe­male hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tions in­volv­ing in­ten­tional self-harm were al­most twice those for males.

In 2008 sui­cides among youth aged 15-24 de­creased 35.4 per­cent from the peak in 1995. The fe­male youth sui­cide rate of 11.1 per 100,000 pop­u­la­tion was the high­est since 1999.

More than 2500 Ki­wis are ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal an­nu­ally af­ter in­ten­tional self-harm.

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