Bad news for Winston

Bad news for Winston Peters and NZ First:

The number of elderly New Zealanders killing themselves has surged 11 per cent to a 10-year high, fuelled by mounting health and economic worries.

The spate of deaths has pushed the country’s overall suicide numbers to 558, the highest since 1997.

While youth suicide rates continue to decrease, the 65-plus age group is growing, with 54 deaths this year – around 10 per cent of all suicides.

But some nurses are concerned not all suicides are being recorded properly, and the number could be much higher.

Suicide Prevention Information New Zealand figures show an average of 49 deaths a year in the older age group since 2000, compared with an average of only 33 in Australia.

John Key was right!


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