A string of suspected suicides in Rotorua this year has prompted experts to speak out, and a group of locals to form a new support trust. There were nine suicides in the Lakes District Health Board area in the 2017-2018 year, but provisional figures suggest that annual total could grow even higher for 2018-2019.

An increase in suspected suicides in Rotorua in recent months has prompted locals to beg for change.

New provisional figures released to the Rotorua Daily Post show 15 people were suspected to have killed themselves in the 15 months to March 2019.

Of the 15 deaths,


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