frankv:Rikkitic: I was also struck by the circumlocutory manner by which self-inflicted deaths were described.I think NZ got stuck in a Victorian-Edwardian time warp. Whilst the rest of the world moved on, Kiwis continued to pretend that social problems (e.g. suicide, teen pregnancy, STDs, family violence, alcohol abuse) didn't exist, and certainly didn't talk about them.
That is not the purpose of the law on this topic. The law referred to is relatively recent starting in 1988. It has been updated several times since then including 2006.
The purpose of the law is reduction of clustering which can occur after media and social reporting. Australia has voluntary media association guidelines for the same purpose. Imo the evidence is pretty well established around clustering and this does effectively reduce the incidence in those special cases.
In practice this is only one prevention strategy. There needs to be more work moving towards a whole-healthy-system type of approach imo.