Story: Suicide

Age-standardised rates of suicide by District Health Board, 2011–2015

For the five-year period 2011–2015 District Health Board (DHB) regions with large rural areas — West Coast, Wairarapa, South Canterbury, and MidCentral — had higher suicide rates than the national average (around 11 per 100,000 people in 2015). The areas of lowest rates of suicide were the big cities of Auckland and Wellington, which is contrary to the claim by sociologist Emile Durkheim that urbanisation brought about social anomie (disconnection) and an increase in suicide.

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Source: Suicide Facts: Data tables 1996-2015, Ministry of Health, 2018

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Jock Phillips, 'Suicide - Personal factors and suicide', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 May 2022)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 16 Jul 2019 with assistance from Sunny Collings and Rosemary Du Plessis