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Rural alliance fronting suicide prevention training

Source: Safety News

Some 185 farmers took their lives between 2007-15, compared with 8 per cent in the general population.

Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHAANZ) chair Dr Martin London says RHAANZ and Pasifika community support Le Va are two organisations that have been specifically funded by the Ministry of Health to upskill community groups and health professionals in suicide prevention strategies.

“Our focus is to upskill our rural health professionals and social service workers.

“We would also like to pay a little kudos to the Ministry of Health.

“In the last year, RHAANZ provided 50 workshops across regional communities upskilling them in how to talk directly about suicide with people they love and care for.”

The workshops were a resounding success, London claims. Read more here.