Media item
Full text
 
Suicide & silence
Waitomo News, Waitomo  10 Aug 2017
General News - page 2 - 274 words - ID 825722083 - Photo: No - Type: News Item - Size: 126.00cm2

Your letters

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

Provided for client's internal research purposes only. May not be further copied, distributed, sold or published in any form without the prior consent of the copyright owner.
iSentiaThis report and its contents are for the internal research use of the recipient only and may not be provided to any third party by any means for any purpose without the express permission of Isentia and/or the relevant copyright owner. For more information contact copyright@isentia.com. DISCLAIMER Isentia uses multiple audience data sources for press, internet, TV and radio, including AGB Nielsen Media Research, Audit Bureau of Circulations, comScore, CSM Media Research, GfK Radio Ratings, OzTAM, Nielsen, Research International and TNS. For general information purposes only. Any ASRs and audience figures are an estimate only and may be subject error or omission. Isentia makes no representations and, to the extent permitted by law, excludes all warranties in relation to the information contained in the report and is not liable for any losses, costs or expenses, resulting from any use or misuse of the report.
<p>This section (everything between the 'noframes' tags) will only be displayed if the users' browser doesn't support frames. You can provide a link to a non-frames version of the website here. Feel free to use HTML tags within this section.</p>