Suicide: Time to talk
A new report shows the youths of South Canterbury are committing suicide at more than double the national rate.
Vicki Jones and Fiona Helm share a dark and unshakeable bond - their boys committed suicide within 10 days of each other.
Timaru youth adviser Christine Cummings says involvement of families and communities in preventing suicide is "vital".
Depression is a significant issue in the community, and can be difficult to understand for those who do not suffer from it.
Pressure is mounting for mental health workers to change the way they deal with the privacy concerns of suicidal patients, in the face of concern the issue is contributing to New Zealand's suicide problem.
In June the Timaru Herald published the first of a series of features on suicide in South Canterbury.
A Timaru teenager said she was 12 years old when she began experiencing depression.
The day after their flatmate died by suicide, three university students agreed that they would always share their feelings openly with each other.
St John ambulance officer woman Gemma Kelley has first-hand experience with mental illness.
Gemma Kelley struggled for years with what's now been diagnosed as major depression, generalised anxiety and post-traumatic stress. | Her own words
A leading researcher on suicide in New Zealand says she believes one of the most effective prevention strategies is to recognise warning signs.
'Retrospect is a perfect science, and we see all those signs now'
In the months since Marco Zeelie, 20, committed suicide, his parents, Kierie and Zelda Zeelie, have searched for answers about what could have been done to save him.
Young people get information from their peers on Facebook, Twitter, texting ... 'and often that information is wrong'
New Zealand's chief coroner hopes information could ultimately help cut the number of suicides in half.
If there is going to be a conversation about suicide there also needs to be a conversation about difficult emotions ... and ways of actively supporting people through these.
'Males don't talk about emotions'
Richard Brown believes an epidemic of silence is contributing to the deaths of hundreds of Kiwi men each year.
Family never knew he was struggling
When Louise Terry thinks of her son, Jeremy, she thinks of all the things he gave up the day he took his own life.
Suicide prevention information
A number of South Canterbury agencies provide urgent and non-urgent services to help people.
'I just wish he spoke more'
Thirteen years have passed since Verna Castle's son, Trevor, committed suicide, and she can speak about him now without tears.
MEGAN MILLER - © Fairfax NZ NewsSupport is gathering for a general practitioner calling for New Zealand to break its silence on suicide.
South Canterbury residents have dug deep to support a project that could save lives.
A woman close to many of South Canterbury's young suicide victims is doing her bit to make a difference.
The chief New Zealand coroner wants the reporting of suicide to be more open, saying the current secrecy surrounding the subject is not working.
Today's topic is not pleasant, jolly or refreshing. It is morbid, awful and depressing.
'Suicides are not accidents'
New Zealand must break the silence surrounding suicide, Timaru GP Ollie Bourke says.