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Coroner seeks suicide prevention campaign

Monday 3 Dec 2012 10:53 a.m.

The Ministry of Health is being urged to provide advice to the public  about suicide

The Ministry of Health is being urged to provide advice to the public about suicide

A coroner is repeating calls for more information to be made available to the public about what to do if someone tells them they are thinking about committing suicide.

Coroner Sue Johnson made the call in her report into the death of 26-year-old Christchurch man Blair Calvin Edwards, who took his own life in late August 2010.

To prevent similar deaths in the future, she's recommending the Ministry of Health provide strong advice to the public about what to do if a person says they want to kill themselves.

As part of this, she wants an advertising campaign launched showing people what to do if someone does tell them they're thinking about suicide.

In September, Ms Johnson made the same recommendations in her report into last December's death of another young Christchurch man, who had told three people on three separate occasions he felt like killing himself.

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Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline's 24-hour telephone counselling service on 0800 543 354.

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