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Talanoa: Mortality rates are higher for Pacific children

TALANOA: Marama T-Pole talks to Dr Jemaima Tiatia-Seath, an expert in mental health, following some sobering findings from the Child & Youth mortality review committee.

The report found children living in the poorest areas are three times more likely to die in childhood or adolescence, and Maori and Pacific children and youth are more likely to die compared to others.

Where to get help:

– Vaka Tautua: 0800 825 282
– Le Va: 09 261 3490
– Lifeline: 0800 543 354 (24/7), Youthline: 0800 376 633 (24/7), text free to 234 (8am-midnight) or live chat (7pm-11pm)
– Kidsline: 0800 54 37 54 (24/7; Kidsline Buddies available 4pm-9pm)
– Suicide Crisis Helpline: 0508 TAUTOKO / 0508 828 865 (24/7)
– What’s Up: 0800 WHATSUP / 0800 942 8787 (1pm-10pm weekdays, 3pm-10pm weekends) or live chat (5pm-10pm)
– Healthline: 0800 611 116 (24/7)
– Samaritans: 0800 726 666 (24/7)
– Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 or text free to 4202 (24/7)
– Rainbow Youth: (09) 376 4155
– If you feel you or someone you know is at immediate risk, call 111.

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