But, she writes, the small Northland community of Kaitaia can't keep burying their loved ones. We're over not talking about it because it seems pretty obvious to me that not talking simply isn't working as a preventative measure because the number of people dying in our community from suspected suicide keeps growing.

It's time to stop sweeping mental health issues under the rug, and do something to make a change. Time doesn't change how I feel about suspected suicide. READ MORE: * Kaitaia - a town ripped apart * 'Taboo-ness' around suicide in New Zealand needs to end - bereaved mum * New Zealand needs to talk about suicide, bereaved dad says * New Zealand suicide reporting laws due to change, here's what you need to know It's very easy to look for things or people to blame, and that seems to be the first reaction when we hear of another member of our community who has gone at their own hands. It's not going to be easy, but we need to remove the stigma around mental health issues because it is more common than we think.

I should have…' for each individual's loved ones, whānau, friends, and community."Mc Kenzie says Northland DHB provides a range of specialist services for adults, children, youth and older people.

This includes a 24/7 on-call crisis service located in Kaitaia.

Houghton is the head of He Korowai Trust and, like most people in the town of about 5000, the deaths have touched him personally.

His nephew, a father of two, was one of the young people who died.

Where to get help Kidsline (open 24/7) - 0800 543 754. Those who ring between 4pm and 9pm on weekdays will speak to a Kidsline buddy.

These are specially trained teenage telephone counsellors.

There's no competition when it comes to this website.

It's been around for years and it only gets stronger.

I don't thing there is anything wrong with Kaitaia.