Government Assistance for Families Bereaved by Suicide
In recent weeks the government has shown its willingness to respond with compassion and active support for those who experience a disaster. Its response to the Christchurch earthquake and the Southland storm are examples. It has provided assistance to those affected by the fall of South Canterbury Finance. In stark contrast, families bereaved by suicide have been cut loose by the government. The meagre supports previously in place have been removed. Does this mean they consider the sudden, unexpected and often violent deaths of our loved ones - often in our own homes - less of a disaster than damage to our homes or the loss of our savings? Or does it just mean that because we are silenced and therefore largely invisible, there are no votes in supporting us? What do you think?