September 25, 2017

New Zealand suicide rates hit record high

New Zealand suicide rates hit record high

“We have to start talking about it. We would never be ashamed of our boy and we feel so strongly that people have to wake up to what is going on in this country – it is an epidemic.”

Jane Stevens is speaking on the phone, talking about her son Nicholas Taiaroa Macpherson Stevens.

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The 21-year-old died in April. In hindsight, there were subtle clues. Small, strange things the usually benign and peaceful Nicky said, veiled hints that he had devastating plans that would end his short, vibrant but tumultuous life.

“As parents we felt like we were scratching our fingernails against a plate glass window trying to get people to listen,” Stevens continues. Read more

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