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The Bay of Plenty has recorded its highest number of suicides in five years, highlighting concerns for the well-being of local teens and older men.
Chief Coroner Judge Deborah Marshall released the annual provisional suicide figures yesterday, showing 579 people died by their own hand in 2015/16. This included 35 people in the Bay of Plenty District Health Board catchment area, which includes Tauranga, Katikati, Te Puke, Whakatane, Kawerau and Opotiki.
Last year, the Bay recorded 32 suicides and 27 the year before. In 2010/2011, there were 36.