The silence isn't working

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The silence isn't working

The silence isn't working
The silence isn't working

September's World Suicide Prevention Day encouraged people to "Take a minute, change a life," and take responsibility to look out for those who may be struggling. It's a positive action that is particularly relevant in New Zealand, where 606 people took their own lives last year, a figure that has been steadily rising. New Zealand also has the highest rate of youth suicide in the developed world, a record that is shameful. Pharmacists, who are often seen as the "friendly face" of the healthcare system, can play a role in helping people who are suicidal. But, as Georgia Merton reports, it is something we should all take ownership of.

Ross Taylor was aged 20 when he took his own life. A university student, he had asked for help from services three times just before his death and was, Corinda Taylor with a picture of her son Ross, Corinda Taylor with a picture of her son Ross