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Researcher blames NZ's high suicide rate on recent campaigns to get people talking about it

A leading suicide researcher blames New Zealand's high suicide rate on recent campaigns to get people to talk about it. 

New figures show 606 people took their own lives in the past year, 30 more than the previous period. Source: Breakfast

Professor Annette Beautrais of Canterbury University has warned of the link between talking about suicide and normalising it. 

Her comments come as hundreds of shoes are being laid out across the country to represent the number of people taking their own lives. 

Ruby Powell was joined by others who have lost loved ones to suicide at Auckland's Mission Bay. Source: 1 NEWS

Figures released yesterday revealed 606 people committed suicide in the past year, which is 30 more than the previous year. 

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