FROM THE EDITOR
Chief Coroner Deborah Marshall revealed figures that show a record number of people took their own lives in 2016/17 - 606 people, up from 579 the previous year and 564 the year before that.
This is stark contemplation for all of us.
This month Health Minister Jonathan Coleman announced a $100 million allocation to fund mental health services, focusing on youth suicide - New Zealand’s rate of youth suicide is highest in the developed world.
I’m glad mental health will receive extra funding but for those who have lost loved ones, perhaps it’s too little, too late.
It is vitally important, now more than ever, to talk about mental health issues and remove the stigma. I was moved by Chamber of Commerce chief executive Michael Barnett opening up about the death of his son this week. It’s a tough topic to discuss, but a necessary one all the same.