The eMental health expert forum focuses on interaction, exchange and mutual learning around mental health, which is arguably one of New Zealand’s biggest issues.
Adjunct Professor Anil Thapliyal joins RadioLIVE’s Trudi Nelson to share some horrifying New Zealand suicide statistics, and explain what they learn through eMental health about avatars able to help those in need.
E Mental Health can provide online avatars that can interact with people if they don’t feel comfortable speaking to another person.
Enrolling online, users can access the avatars on the Depression website, which often appeals to a younger audience.
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Professor Thapliya is aiming to improve outcomes for New Zealanders.
The eMental health initiative focusses on speaking the consumers language, in light of recent statistics that show show 669 people committed suicide across New Zealand last year, averaging at two people per day.
Research shows that 71 percent of these are male, however Professor Thapliya explains 4x more attempts are made by women, but men have a far higher success rate.
Additionally only 27% of people that commited suicide in New Zealand had been in contact with GP’s or health professionals.
Where to find help and support:
- Need to talk? Free call or text 1737
- Lifeline – 0800 543 354
- Suicide Crisis Helpline 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)
- Healthline - 0800 611 116
- Samaritans - 0800 726 666
- Depression Helpline - 0800 111 757
- Mental Health Foundation
Listen to the full interview with Anil Thapliyal above.
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