A trial Suicide Mortality Review Committee (SuMRC) in 2014 tested whether a mortality review methodology and approach would be helpful for deaths by suicide.

Following its success in identifying there were clear opportunities for intervention, the Ministry of Health has agreed to extend its funding for SuMRC.

We are currently accepting applications and nominations for membership for the SuMRC. For more information click here.

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.

Contact us at info@hqsc.govt.nz if you would like more information about the SUMRC.

Last updated 28/09/2017