Depression — Greg Boyed’s Suicide

New Zealand is an immature nation when it comes to issues such as gender equality, domestic violence and suicide. Too often those who are not affected sit in their comfort zone, playing the politically correct commentator, using a tragedy as a talking point, rather than coming together as a community knowing we are all part of the problem.

Most people including myself didn’t know Greg personally. But you will know someone like him. Or you used to.

More than 12 people die every week by suicide in New Zealand. That’s a lot of talking points in cafes.

Yes, we are aware. But as fantastic as awareness campaigns appear, they are competing in the same space as beer adverts, sound bites and all sorts of other media designed for people to get a quick fix and move on. Suicide in New Zealand is not moving on. The problem is not awareness. Most of us know it’s a massive problem. The problem is we are too busy. Too self-concerned. Too dedicated to a quick fix and something new to talk about.

We need to be collectively responsible. We aren’t all equipped to deal with people who have depression, but most of us our are equipped to be kind. And sometimes that is all it takes. Don’t just be aware. If you think someone isn’t quite themselves or seems in a place they don’t want to be, try and comfort them. Be proactive and be as kind as you can to them. You just might save a life.

Where to get help:

Talk to someone. If no one is available, try one of the below. They work.

• LIFELINE: 0800 543 354 (available 24/7)• SUICIDE CRISIS HELPLINE: 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO) (available 24/7)• YOUTHLINE: 0800 376 633• NEED TO TALK? Free call or text 1737 (available 24/7)• KIDSLINE: 0800 543 754 (available 24/7)• WHATSUP: 0800 942 8787 (1pm to 11pm)


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