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Suicide & silence
Waitomo News, Waitomo  10 Aug 2017
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THE New Zealand Herald's front page story (July 25) on suicide and silence has promoted me to write.

I gave a keynote address to the Suicide Prevention conference held in Rotorua in 2016.

This linked the educational importance of creativity and positive self-expression to the developing social behaviours of citizens.

I was born in Te Kuiti where in the late 1990s, where a programme called 'Kiwi Can' had a well recorded and significant impact of lowered crime rate and where the community celebrated the good manners and positive attitudes of its young people.

The programme failed through lack of finance and as in many rural communities today the teachers are calling for help.

The founder of this programme, Bob Wickham has launched a new book called Let The Sunshine In.

This small handbook promotes a praise revolution to counterbalance the culture of complaint and criticism which appears epidemic and to be playing havoc with our future citizens.

It assists everyone in the community to engage in the languages of encouragement and promotes positive community building.

This is a tool book with a course which all New Zealanders need to heed and use to pull our young people out of the spiral of despair and misery where our facts and figures on child abuse, neglect and violence, not to mention our suicide rates are now giving our country the status of a country at war.

I recommend that we promptly use this new tool as a guiding pathway forward in all our institutions. For the people shall be quiet, is no way forward. Encouraging each other is.

Shona Hammond Boys QSM Opotiki

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