To: Rt Hon. Jacinda Ardern - Prime Minister, Hon. David Clark - Minister of Health

Government Inquiry into Wellington Regions' Suicide Prevention and Postvention Service

Government Inquiry into Wellington Regions' Suicide Prevention and Postvention Service

We ask for a Government Inquiry and audit into the Wellington Regions' Suicide Prevention and Postvention provision of service awarded to Lifeline Aotearoa in March 2016 to evaluate the service.

Why is this important?

In March 2016 the Capital and Coast District Health Board (on behalf of the Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Capital and Coast District Health Boards) tendered the Wellington Regions' Suicide Prevention and Postvention service to Lifeline Aotearoa. The intent of this service is to prevent suicide and to reduce the impact of suicide on individuals, families/whanau and impacted communities.

We ask now for a Government Inquiry and audit into the Wellington Regions' Suicide Prevention and Postvention provision of service awarded to Lifeline Aotearoa in March 2016 to evaluate the service.

In 2005-06 the Ministry of Health used the best available research, data and other information to prepare a national strategy for preventing suicide. The New Zealand Suicide Prevention Strategy 2006-16 provides a framework to guide national efforts during the period and help government agencies and others understand how various activities in different sectors fit together to prevent suicide.

DHBs led the plan's preparation and work with stakeholders. The Ministry of Health expects DHBs to focus on current risks, but also to preempt risk. DHBs are expected to work with government agencies and community groups to carry out plans.

Data confirms the increasing suicide rate in the Wellington region. Matters of concern the Government Inquiry urgently needs to investigate include;

• the implementation and delivery of the Wellington Regions' Suicide Prevention and Postvention Plan 2015 to the present.
• suitability of Lifeline Aotearoa to effectively meet contractual requirements.
• 3DHBs management of the Suicide Prevention and Postvention Service including oversight and accountability by the General Manager, 3DHB Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability Services.
• the efficiency of the Service Innovation and Performance (SIP) for the overall governance and implementation of the 3DHBs Suicide Prevention and Postvention Plan.
• the workplace culture including bullying within both the suicide prevention and postvention service. Research clearly indicates the association between bullying involvement - on both sides - and suicidal thoughts and behaviour's.
• the efficiency and effectiveness of the 3DHB suicide prevention and postvention service governance structure.
• the service's relationships with key stakeholders such as - Māori, Pasifika, LGBQTI, elderly, youth and tertiary education providers including Victoria University of Wellington, Massey University of Wellington, Otago University of Wellington, Whitireia New Zealand, Wellington Institute of Technology.
• the performance of the suicide prevention and postvention service in regards to consumer complaints.
• the effective use of resources and identify any waste.

Please add your name to support the call for an Inquiry.

References
Provision of a Service to Support the Implementation of the Wellington Regions Suicide Prevention & Postvention Plan 2015/17 https://www.gets.govt.nz/CCDHB/ExternalTenderDetails.htm?id=17071482

https://coronialservices.justice.govt.nz/assets/Documents/Publications/20180824-Provisional-suicide-statistics-2017-18-media-release.pdf

https://coronialservices.justice.govt.nz/assets/Documents/Publications/2017-2018-Annual-Provisional-Suicide-Statistics-Final.pdf

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/106532292/new-zealand-suicide-rate-highest-since-records-began

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/106542099/mori-suicide-rate-the-highest-its-ever-been-what-are-we-missing

https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/366345/lifeline-turns-down-help-offer

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2018/09/mike-king-slams-lifeline-claims-it-refused-help-with-unanswered-calls.html

https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal/read-the-journal/all-issues/2010-2019/2017/vol-130-no-1448-13-january-2017/7121

https://www.cambridgenews.nz/2018/05/spotlight-on-workplace-bullying/

https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/358699/one-hundred-worksafe-bullying-complaints-but-no-prosecutions

How it will be delivered

In person

Wellington regions - Capital and Coast, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa.

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Reasons for signing

  • I know a teen who was in the suicide prevention unit in Porirua. They experienced bullying and poor environmental conditions including just being cold all the time
  • My uncle committed suicide as have some of my friends. We need to do better
  • Bullying must be stopped

Updates

2018-09-07 04:22:11 +1200

100 signatures reached

2018-08-28 06:45:30 +1200

50 signatures reached

2018-08-20 20:37:51 +1200

25 signatures reached

2018-08-15 19:12:47 +1200

10 signatures reached