Posts Tagged ‘Suicide’

Native American tribes sue social media giants over youth suicides

Monday, April 15th, 2024
Social media

In a bid to address the alarming rates of suicide among Native American youth, two tribal nations have taken legal action against major social media companies. The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles county court, targets Meta Platforms (the parent company of Facebook and Instagram), Snap Inc. (owner of Snapchat), ByteDance (parent company of TikTok), and Read more

Mental Health advocate Mike King is all for getting rid of Suicide Prevention Office

Monday, April 15th, 2024

Mental health advocate Mike King is all for getting rid of the Suicide Prevention Office after an announcement that a number of staff would be cut as part of the Ministry of Health’s cost-cutting proposal. Speaking to TVNZ’s Sunday, King, known for his endeavours in the mental health area including the I Am Hope charity, Read more

Is our suicide conversation helping or harming?

Thursday, September 21st, 2023

I stood alone in a cemetery, staring at a teenager’s grave. The headstone was covered in baseball caps and necklaces – colourful tributes to a life cut short. I’d travelled to Kawerau, a former milling town on the East Coast, to report on a spate of youth suicides that had rocked the town. Back then, Read more

Poverty, hunger drive suicides in North Korea

Monday, June 12th, 2023

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered local authorities to take suicide prevention measures after various media reports revealed families committed suicide due to hunger and poverty. Kim officially defined suicide as an “act of treason against socialism” and issued a confidential suicide prevention order during emergency meetings of the party leaders all over Read more

Mike King breaks down over child suicide rates

Thursday, November 3rd, 2022
Mike King

A tearful Mike King broke down on the radio discussing New Zealand’s latest suicide rate. The system is broken and needs to be fixed urgently, he says. Although New Zealand’s suicide rate has dropped for the third year, Māori continue to be disproportionately affected, statistics show. The deputy-chief coroner released the figures to June 30, Read more

Suicide is not a sin to be judged

Thursday, September 15th, 2022

The first thing I remember being taught about suicide is that it is selfish. And so in my middling Protestant childhood, while I did not worry about the eternal destiny of people who killed themselves, I did believe suicide was principally a moral failing. In Catholicism, the situation was more complex. Suicide was thought to Read more

Diocese creates mental health ministry

Thursday, September 15th, 2022
Mental health ministry

Raging suicide statistics have led an American Catholic diocese to create a mental health ministry. The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention reports over twice as many people died in 2020 by their own hand rather than someone else’s. Once considered a mortal sin, suicide is viewed much more moderately today. By bringing suicide Read more

Man and dog on charity ride adventure to support mental health

Monday, March 28th, 2022

A man and his dog are about to set off on the adventure of a lifetime, making plenty of memories and hopefully raising plenty of money for mental health too. Gary Anderson, from Kaponga, will travel across the North Island by motorbike with his 11-year-old blue merle border collie Kairo in the sidecar seat of Read more

Kiwis must ‘take off masks’ to prevent suicide

Thursday, August 19th, 2021
Health Central

New Zealand mental health advocate, television personality and former comedian Mike King has some straight words for Kiwis about mental health. If we want to prevent suicide and help our kids open up about mental health, there are a couple of things we need to get on to. We need to do more to make Read more

There’s hope: Catholic uni’s suicide intervention therapy works

Thursday, May 27th, 2021

A Catholic university’s suicide intervention programme is doing well. The Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) offers a therapeutic framework for treating suicidal patients. The professor leading the work, David Jobes, says a recent meta-analysis of clinical trials the programme is “Well Supported for reducing suicidal ideation [suicidal thoughts] per Centers for Disease Control Read more