Not even a year passed since the doctors disconnected Georgia MalBeth of her mechanical support. Her mother found her unconscious in the garage of their home in Rotorua, New Zealand.
A priest and a doctor who accidentally passed out from the garage along with others, tried to save the 19 year old Georgia but it was already too late. “We need to start talking about it: The suicide rates in New Zealand are rising.”
For her mother, Susie, her daughter’s suicide was a constant torment. Today she holds in her hands the child’s shoes trying to awaken the state.
“It’s like she died 365 times. Whenever I wake up, I have to live in this world. There is no pill that I can get, nothing to drink, any place that I can go, is life sentence». Taylor had suffered the shock of her husband’s suicide in 1995, so did her best friend in 2001.
Suicide is the silent epidemic of New Zealand. The country has the highest youth suicide rates in the developed world – five times greater than that of Britain and twice by Australia.
The last figures released this week are shocking. The number of deaths increased for three consecutive years to 606 in 2016. Some people talk about a national tragedy. In early August, three mothers who lost their children, under the age of 25 years, sent a letter to political parties, the name 200 other families, calling for an independent inquiry into the mental health and 2.3 billion dollars of financing the health sector.
Taylor participates in YesWeCare a program that tries to attract media attention to the subject of depression and suicide through the shoe project. Relatives, friends, people who lost loved ones who committed suicide assemble pairs of shoes belonging to someone who is no longer with them.