Pt 1 of 8: Maria Bradshaw of CASPER Talks About NZ Suicide Rates & Prevention Strategies, Nov 2 2010
This is part of a talk given by the spokesperson for CASPER, (Community Action on Suicide Prevention, Education & Research), Maria Bradshaw, on November 2nd, 2010. It was given in collaboration with Steve Green of the CCHR, (Citizens Commission on Human Rights) at the Old Library in Whangarei.
Maria, whose son committed suicide while on Prozac, states CASPER was launched earlier in 2010 as they are tired of the sympathetic noises and lengthy statements of commitment to suicide prevention which occur simultaneously with government action which contributes to suicide.
"The Ministry of Health in 2007 published research showing increases in anti-depressant prescribing result in increases in serious suicide attempts, it is aware of research published this year which shows those on antidepressants are five times more likely to commit suicide than those not on the drugs. " A government committed to reducing the suicide rate would not be making these drugs more widely available to a greater number of people." she said.