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Māori rangatahi suicide - informant perspectives on determinants and solutions

3 months
Approved budget:
Mr Zaine Akuhata-Huntington
Health issue:
Mental health (and sleep disorders)
Proposal type:
Māori Health Summer Studentship
Lay summary
Suicide statistics for rangatahi Māori are stubbornly high and show no signs of retreat. Although there are numerous strategies and initiatives, there still remains a need for more research into the driving forces behind suicide, especially in youth. This project focuses on finding factors, from the perspectives of 8-10 key informants, that are driving these poor outcomes and their suggested possible solutions for addressing them. The informants will likely be working in the health sector, particularly in mental health, suicide prevention, support or research, or within Māori communities, and will therefore have relevant experience and opinions to share. The project will be based in Dunedin, but may include participants from across the country in order to get appropriate representation. The focus of discussion will be on rates of suicide in Māori aged between 15 and 24 years of age.