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Call for inquiry into Wellington suicide prevention service

Press Release – Louise Hutchinson
Suicide Prevention worker Louise Hutchinson is calling for an urgent independent government inquiry into the Wellington Region’s 3DHB Suicide Prevention and Postvention Service.

In March 2016 the Capital and Coast District Health Board (on behalf of the Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Capital and Coast District Health Boards) tendered the Wellington Region’s Suicide Prevention and Postvention service to Lifeline Aotearoa. The intent of this service is to prevent suicide and to reduce the impact of suicide on individuals, families/whanau and impacted communities.

In 2005-06 the Ministry of Health used the best available research, data and other information to prepare a national strategy for preventing suicide. The New Zealand Suicide Prevention Strategy 2006-16 provides a framework to guide national efforts during the period and help government agencies and others understand how various activities in different sectors fit together to prevent suicide.

DHBs led the plan’s preparation and work with stakeholders. The Ministry of Health expects DHBs to focus on current risks, but also to preempt risk. DHBs are expected to work with government agencies and community groups to carry out plans.

Data confirms the increasing suicide rate in the Wellington region. Matters of concern the Government Inquiry urgently needs to investigate include:

• the implementation and delivery of the Wellington Region’s Suicide Prevention and Postvention Plan 2015 to the present.
• suitability of Lifeline Aotearoa to effectively meet contractual requirements.
• 3DHBs management of the Suicide Prevention and Postvention Service including oversight and accountability by the General Manager, 3DHB Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability Services.
• the efficiency of the Service Innovation and Performance (SIP) for the overall governance and implementation of the 3DHBs Suicide Prevention and Postvention Plan.
• the workplace culture including bullying within both the suicide prevention and postvention service. Research clearly indicates the association between bullying involvement – on both sides – and suicidal thoughts and behaviour’s.
• the efficiency and effectiveness of the 3DHB suicide prevention and postvention service governance structure.
• the service’s relationships with key stakeholders such as – Māori, Pasifika, LGBQTI, elderly, youth and tertiary education providers including Victoria University of Wellington, Massey University of Wellington, Otago University of Wellington, Whitireia New Zealand, Wellington Institute of Technology.
• the performance of the suicide prevention and postvention service in regards to consumer complaints.
• the effective use of resources and identify any waste.



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  1. Anabel, 31. August 2018, 8:23

    I would call for an inquiry into the management of health systems at CCDHB. Bureaucrats can run bureaucracies, that’s what all those people in the Beehive do, they are running around in circles creating more problems and ignoring those we have. But those running the hospital are lacking in scope of practice, wisdom and compassion for patients.

  2. Pete, 1. September 2018, 6:45

    Suicide is a social consequence of economic developments in place. Ten years ago the rate was levelled between 450 – 500. This rate was gradually increased during the period of vulgar capitalism. Ten years of monetary economy accumulated social consequences and this trend may slow down when social policies come to effect in a couple of years.

  3. Harry M, 2. September 2018, 9:00

    Pete with all due respect, there are many people who are very poor, suffer economic hardship and poverty but who are not suicidal. Rich and middle class people also kill themselves.
    “Economic development” does not make a person commit suicide.

  4. Pete, 2. September 2018, 11:00

    Thanks Harry, the least economically developed areas have the highest rate of suicide ie; Northland region, Gisborne and Southland.
    Further, it’s not absolute – it’s cause and effect. The number one cause of relationship breakdown is finance – economic. If one or two persons commit suicide because of money – it’s more of a personal problem than a social issue. Still it’s finance – economic. Mental illness is psychological/health problem – injuries and psychosis.

  5. N. D., 2. September 2018, 15:44

    Generalising about suicide and linking it to income is misguided. I had two close relatives both of whom decided enough was enough. For neither was money a factor in their fateful decision.