Coroner finds links between Flaxmere teen suicides

Author
Annette Hilton ,
Publish Date
Wed, 11 May 2016, 1:44PM
(File photo)
(File photo)

Coroner finds links between Flaxmere teen suicides

Author
Annette Hilton ,
Publish Date
Wed, 11 May 2016, 1:44PM

A coroner has found strong and concerning links between the suicides of four teenage girls in the Hawke's Bay suburb of Flaxmere.

Fifteen year olds Lesha Ngatuere, Jahnaya Staples, Ebony Karangaroa-McKenzie and Deichan Whaanga all died within 13 months of each other.

Coroner Carla na Nagara's report states each girl was living with multiple risk factors.

The report says all the girls had been exposed to domestic violence, with three of them experiencing ongoing high levels of violence.

She says all the girls were bullied at school, and the victims of harsh and nasty bullying on Facebook.

There were also issues of a lack of parental control and drug and alcohol abuse.

Are you affected by an issues in this article? Here's where to get help:
• Lifeline: 0800 543 354 (available 24/7)
• Suicide Crisis Helpline: 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO) (available 24/7)
• Youth services: (06) 3555 906
• Youthline: 0800 376 633
• Kidsline: 0800 543 754 (4pm to 6pm weekdays)
• Whatsup: 0800 942 8787 (1pm to 11pm)
• The Word
• Depression helpline: 0800 111 757 (available 24/7)
• Rainbow Youth: (09) 376 4155
• CASPER Suicide Prevention
If it is an emergency and you feel like you or someone else is at risk, call 111.