Supporting evidence for claims made on Lets Talk About Suicide Safely hosted by Nigel Latta

Maria Bradshaw made this Official Information request to Television New Zealand Limited

Television New Zealand Limited did not have the information requested.

From: Maria Bradshaw

Dear Television New Zealand Limited,

The programme Lets Talk About Suicide Safely was promoted as providing facts rather than opinion. I am requesting copies of supporting evidence for a number of statements Nigel Latta and Annette Beautrais made and references to research studies cited by Beautrais.

The statements in question are:

1. Those working in suicide prevention come across many cases where a newspaper story about suicide is found next to the body of the deceased in cases of completed suicide.

2, That studies show 60% of those making medically serious suicide attempts and completing suicide are depressed at the time of their attempt or death.

3. That medical treatment reduces suicidal behaviour.

4. That untrained support group facilitators cause harm to those they are supporting.

Yours faithfully,
Maria Bradshaw

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From: Brent McAnulty
Television New Zealand Limited

Dear Maria Bradshaw

Thank you for your email. We will respond to your request for information in due course.

Yours sincerely
Complaints Committee

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From: Brent McAnulty
Television New Zealand Limited

Dear Maria

Thanks for your request.

Unfortunately TVNZ does not hold this information and therefore your request is declined under Section 18(g)(i) of the Act.

The Hard Stuff is commissioned by TVNZ which means that we collaborate with the production company, in this case Razor Films. While we have input into the look and feel of the programme, the underlying research and methodology is held by Razor Films.

In accordance with Section 19(b) of the Act we advise that you have the right to seek an investigation and review of the above refusal by making a complaint under Section 28(3) to an Ombudsman.


Brent McAnulty
General Counsel and Corporate Affairs Director
D. +64 9 916 7935 M. +64 27 226 4913 W.

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