The Suicide Mortality Review Committee (SUMRC) is an independent committee that reviews and advises the Health Quality & Safety Commission on how to reduce the number of suicide deaths in New Zealand.

The SUMRC has been established as the result of a contract between the Ministry of Health and the Commission to trial a suicide mortality review mechanism. The trial is time-limited so the Committee is also time-limited and will operate from 30 April 2014 to 30 September 2015.

The SUMRC aims to:

  • provide additional information about key trends and patterns in suicide deaths in selected subgroups
  • identify key intervention points for suicide prevention for those subgroups
  • gather information on how a suicide mortality review may look and operate in New Zealand.

The Committee will review three sub-groups with particularly high rates or numbers of suicide. These are Māori youth (15–24 year olds), men (25–64 years), and users of specialist mental health and addiction services (defined as people who have had face-to-face contact with specialist mental health or addiction services in the year leading up to their death by suicide).

The Committee has a maximum of eight members appointed by the Commission. The current chair of the Committee is Professor Rob Kydd.

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Last updated 15/05/2017