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GUEST BLOG: Dave Brownz – Hypocrisy Alert: Logan Paul & Suicide

By   /  January 4, 2018  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs, MUNZ  /  2 Comments

Calling out the ‘maverick’ Logan Paul for his coverage of a Japanese suicide below Mt Fuji is hypocrisy.

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Arresting suicide victims

By   /  October 30, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  8 Comments

How the hell does arresting a suicide victim help that person? How cruel have we become under 9 years of National that arresting suicide victims is even considered a positive step forward?

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Public Statement on call by Prof Annette Beautrais for silence on Suicide

By   /  August 30, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

The attitude of Professor Annette Beautrais, of Canterbury University, and a suicide prevention co-ordinator for the South Canterbury DHB, is one of the primary reasons why it has been so hard to change the culture of silence about suicide, where news of it, and issues about it are swept under the carpet.

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You won’t believe what National are doing about suicide now

By   /  July 18, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  7 Comments

It’s far easier to ignore the 41 000 homeless, 10 000 in prison, 500 suicides,  305 000 kids in poverty, 550 000 suffering hardship and 1600 dying each year from freezing houses when you don’t know the numbers. 

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Herald & Fairfax Watch: We are in denial over the why of suicide in New Zealand

By   /  July 6, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  29 Comments

The Herald are copying Stuff by running big current affairs campaigns. This week Stuff is looking at cannabis reform and the Herald are attempting to talk about suicide.

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Dave Macpherson – Being part of the Health Establishment means never having to say sorry

By   /  May 23, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

A leading suicide prevention campaigner published a social media post on the weekend asking why the Southern District Health Board had yet to apologise to her family over the poor care for her son, who was a victim of suicide 4 years ago.

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If only actual suicide could get as much immediate action as fictional suicide on Netflix

By   /  April 29, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

We are in denial about how our neoliberal welfare state and free market consumer culture has contributed to the zeitgeist of suicide and we don’t have the maturity to confront our delusion which is why it’s easier for us to slap some censorship on an internet series that talks about it.

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Imagine what we could do if the NZ corporate media focused on suicide the way they do the bloody holiday road toll

By   /  December 27, 2016  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

This is lazy journalism, it’s not news. Imagine what we could do in this country of the media focused on the suicide rate the way they do the bloody holiday road toll.

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MUST READ: Guest Blog: Mike King – why Government Services are failing us on suicide

By   /  October 21, 2016  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

I can tell you what the over 350 submissions to our People’s Review project is starting to tell us:

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GUEST BLOG: Dave Macpherson – An MP discovers the mental health system is broken

By   /  August 23, 2016  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

During last week, Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis was reported in both mainstream and social media as having had a text and phone ‘encounter’ with a severely depressed man who had harmed himself and was contacting Davis to say “goodbye”.

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1700 Suicides in New Zealand per year? What has happened to Aotearoa?

By   /  May 29, 2016  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  30 Comments

The reason we can’t talk about suicide is because we can’t stand to talk about the dark treacle of self hate and loneliness at the core of consumer culture. We don’t dare confront the hollowness of our existence on these far flung crags of rock for fear of what we will reveal about ourselves.

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Dark malaise an indictment on modern New Zealand

By   /  October 18, 2015  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

Our post-colonial, uber-capitalist, neo-liberal system distributes goods and services conspicuously well, so we have cheaper credit and more consumer choice than ever before. But it’s a system that’s ultimately underpinned by a high level of self-harm.

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NZ suicide stats skyrocket

By   /  October 6, 2015  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  21 Comments

Beyond the gated communities and success of booming property, there is a black splinter that pierces the soul of the NZ psyche that we refuse to raise for fear of what it will reveal.

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The horror of our climbing Suicide rate

By   /  July 3, 2015  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  26 Comments

The horror of our suicide rate gives us a glimpse behind the ‘she’ll be right’ veneer of our culture and the dark torment of an alpha male macho mental landscape that is terribly fragile.

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GUEST BLOG: Tony Stevens – my brother Nicky Stevens did not need to die

By   /  April 5, 2015  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  27 Comments

Those with the legal responsibility for his care failed to treat him with empathy, ignored his family’s concerns, miscarried their own ‘carefully’ devised care plan, and seemingly abandoned common sense. Maybe they just didn’t care enough.

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Rural Kiwis deserve equal access to mental health care

By   /  January 13, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Rachael Goldsmith, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

Suicides and mental health struggles aren’t limited to the male head of the farm. Rural women and farm workers also suffer, and our stats on rural youth aren’t great either. Isolation isn’t just a feeling when you live rural, it’s also a practical everyday reality.

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