In 2017/18, 668 people died by suicide in our country, almost double the number of those who die by car accidents.
More than 12 people die every week by suicide in New Zealand. That is 1-2 people every day.
NZ topped the global teen suicide ranking, a UNICEF report reveals.
For every person who dies by suicide, an average of 100 people are affected.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that each year approximately one million people die from suicide, which represents a global mortality rate of 16 people per 100,000 or one death every 40 seconds.
At Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust we aim for Zero Suicide in the health care system, so we advocate for quality identification, response and treatment for people at risk.