23rd February 2018, Volume 131 Number 1470

Christopher Gale, Paul Glue

Suicide is a tragic, but rare event. In 2012, the most recent year with firm data, Statistics New Zealand recorded 550 deaths by suicide, a rate of 12.3 per 100,000…

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Christopher Gale, Department of Psychological Medicine, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago, Dunedin; Paul Glue, Department of Psychological Medicine, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago, Dunedin.

Correspondence

Dr Christopher Gale, Department of Psychological Medicine, Dunedin School of Medicine, PO Box 913, University of Otago, Dunedin 9054.

Correspondence Email

chris.gale@otago.ac.nz

Competing Interests

Nil.

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