Re: Suicide Prevention
I wish to congratulate you on your excellent address to the Annual Conference of Suicide Prevention Information NZ, delivered on 12 September 2009.
Our Society shares with you your concern at the unacceptably high suicide rates in New Zealand. It is alarming to know that we have the highest suicide rate in the OECD for those between the ages of 15 and 19 years of age, what a tragic loss of life.
We would like to draw to your attention our concern that Dr Philip Nitschke, [Dr Death] of the Northern Territory in Australia, Director of Exit International is a frequent visitor to New Zealand who comes here for the expressed purpose of conducting workshops promoting suicide as a human right even for depressed teenagers.