Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, an annual initiative of the International Association for Suicide Prevention.
The organisation says around the world more than 800,000 people die by suicide every year. That's about one person every 40 seconds. Globally, it's the 15th leading cause of death, accounting for 1.4 per cent of all deaths.
In New Zealand, the number of suicides continues to climb. Provisional statistics released by the Chief Coroner last month show 668 people died by suicide in the year to June 30, a new high.
The New Zealand Herald has published stories from everyday kiwis talking about their their hopes and struggles. Click here to read the article.
Mental health is very real for people like us working in the insurance industry. We know the impact it can have on everyday kiwis, how it can get people off work. In the worst cases, it can lead to suicide.
We want to help raise awareness on this issue, that is still not being talked about openly enough. Suicide rate in New Zealand keeps getting higher. To change this, we need to start by talking about it.