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Suicidal thoughts: Sylvia Huitson has 'been there, done that got the T-shirt'

Sylvia was 22 when she got into an abusive relationship that almost led her to the brink of suicide, now 62 the New Plymouth woman looks back at that relationship in order to help others that are suffering.

Her original plan was to be an accountant. Instead, she turned to counselling, and has been self-employed for 10 years.

"This gives me the most pleasure because it's a hugely rewarding job. People feel better going out than when they come in."


Mike King Blocked From Speaking at South Canterbury School

Mental health crusader Mike King believes a "misinformed" fear-mongering campaign is to blame for several high schools withdrawing an invitation for him to speak to students.

Ahead of his keynote speech to the NZ First party conference on Sunday morning, King was invited to speak at eight schools in the South Canterbury region on self-esteem and keeping their "inner critic" in check.

However, Opihi College in Temuka, then retracted the invitation. They told King he was no longer welcome, after being contacted by South Canterbury District Health Board (SCDHB) suicide prevention coordinator Professor Annette Beautrais.

Student's mental health plan approved by Government

The loss of five friends to suicide has prompted one student to develop a programme to save the lives of his peers.

Now he's not only managed to get the Government on board to fund it - he's brought about a reconciliation between mental health campaigner Mike King and the Minister of Health.

Four years ago, Ezekiel Raui was sitting in a school hall listening to Mr King's first ever mental health seminar. Having lost five friends in recent months, it prompted him to come up with a plan of his own.



Julia Gillard Opens up About Mental Health

The former Prime Minister has shared her own experiences with mental health as she is appointed the chair of Beyond Blue

Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has opened up about her own struggle with mental health during her political career, as she steps into the role of the Beyond Blue chair.

Ms Gillard says that as Chair, she is hoping to work with Beyond Blue to help build resilience as part of charting a new course in the way that mental health is approached, with a particular focus on children. “We need to start this work with our kids, because resilient children become resilient adults,” she said.



Former Chief Coroner Neil MacLean Break The Silence on Suicide

Former chief coroner Neil MacLean says breaking the silence on suicide could curb the "horrifying" number of young New Zealanders killing themselves.

"This is a drum I've been beating for a long time. We cannot ignore the sheer numbers and rate - it's bigger than the road toll," said MacLean, who retired from the post in 2015.

New Zealand has the worst teen suicide rate (officially those aged 15-19) in the world and the second worst youth suicide rate (25 and under). Our annual number of deaths has shown no signs of abating in the past 20 years.



Mike King's Message of Hope to Students.

Mike King talks to Mana College about the importance of youth talking about their feelings. He said 40 percent of school kids have a suicidal thought before they leave school.

Mike handed out wristbands at Mana College that read "I Am Hope", which he encouraged youth to wear as a message to others.


New Plan for Community Hit Hard by Suicide

About five years ago, a spike in suicides hit one slice of New Zealand’s island community particularly hard. According to Ministry of Health data, in 2011, 11 Tongans took their own lives, and seven more committed suicide in 2012.

Most of the deaths were youths. In the preceding and following years [2010, 2013], the number of Tongan suicides stood at three in each year. Now, New Zealand’s first ethnic-specific resource on suicide prevention is being released. Based on research into Tongan youth suicides in New Zealand, the Heilala Malu framework - developed at the Auckland University of Technology



Lives Are on The Line, So Stop With The Butt-Covering

Mike King is a straight-up sort of guy. He calls a spade a spade. I don't know him well, but whenever I've spent time with him his authenticity has radiated from his heart. King cares about mental health. He cares about saving lives. He cares about people. And he won't waste his time with buck-passing and, as he calls it, "butt-covering". Not when inaction means that people will die.

That's the harsh truth when it comes to mental health. When the Government doesn't step up, people die. When struggling Kiwis follow the official advice and go to hospitals with suicidal thoughts only to be sent home a few hours later, people die.


Mike King's Resignation From Suicide Prevention Panel 'Really Scary' Says Victim's Mum: 'I Know Mike Has Tried Really Hard'

The mother of Nicky Stevens who was found dead after walking away from Waikato Hospital's mental health unit says it's "really scary" that Mike King has resigned from the Government's suicide prevention panel.

Mr King has been on the Ministry of Health panel since 2015. It was established to stop New Zealanders like 21-year-old Nicky Stevens from taking their life.

Steven's mother, Jane Stevens, says it should be the Minister of Health and mental health officials who should be resigning.



How a Stranger's Simple Words Saved a Suicidal Man

Neil Laybourn was crossing Waterloo Bridge by foot on his way to work, his first week back after the Christmas holidays, when he saw a lone man about his age in a T-shirt sitting on the bridge's edge. Other Londoners, bundled in their winter coats, seemed to be passing by without notice, but Laybourn felt pulled to check to see if the man was okay.

"Hey, why are you sitting here by yourself?" Laybourn said he gently asked.

"I don't want to be here anymore," Benjamin told him.