Potential link between youth unemployment and suicide - Researcher

Talisa Kupenga

Ko ngāi manene kei te whakakīkī i ngā tūranga mahi a ngā pia. Koia tētahi tino take e whitu tekau mā rima mano rangatahi kei raro i te rua tekau mā rima tau te pakeke e noho kore mahi, kore hiahia, kore noa iho ana rānei e ai ki tētahi pūrongo hōu nā Te Ope Whakaora. Ko te whakapae hoki, koinei te take he nui ngā matenga whakamomori kei tēnei reanga.

E ai ki te ripoata What's Next? ko ngā ahuatanga i kore mahi ai te rangatahi, ko te nui o ngā tāngata pūkenga nō tāwāhi, te kore o te pūnaha mātauranga e poipoi i te ākonga, me te ruarua o ngā ara hei whai, mutu kau ana te kura.

E ai ki te Māngai o Te Ope Whakaora a Campbell Roberts, "We have a sort of work or industry that actually needs people straight away and they feel that they're competing in a way at an unfair level and that I think brings a lot of discouragement."

Ko tā Alan Johnson, te kaitito o te ripoata, ānō ko te parekura, te haehae o te kore mahi, ā, kei ngā tatauranga mate whakamomori pea ngā tohu mate o te pāhekenga ōhanga.

Hei tā te Kaitito Ripoata o Te Ope Whakaora a Alan Johnson, "That age group of 25 to 29-year-olds are starting to have the highest rates of suicide and as we know those were the people age 15 - 19 at the time of the GFC (Global Financial Crisis) so one of the ideas is that maybe the things that have happend to them, the unemployment that they suffered then has meant that they've struggled to adjust later on in their life and for a few, an unessassary number of people it's caused them to take their own lives."

Ko tā ngā tatauranga ā-tau i Te Tari o te Kai-whakawā Take Tūpāpaku e manutaki tonu ana te hunga Maōri. E whakapae a Johnson tēra pea he rima tekau ōrau o nga rangatahi kore mahi he Māori, engari ko te whiwhi mahi tētahi rongoa pea mo tēnei āhuatanga.

"The proverb 'ka ora ka mahi' is really appropriate because to me it links the idea that work makes you healthy and that you get healthy through work and ideally that's one of the answers I think to our suicide statistics that if we give people the sense of purpose that's connected to work to making a contribution that they're going to feel healthier.

Ko tā Johnson mā te whakamana a te kura i ngā pūkenga ringa rehe o ngā tauira, kaua ko ngā pūkenga ā-hinengaro noa, e mauri tū, mauri ora ai rātou.