American writer and research psychologist Jesse Bering was considering taking his own life before he was offered a job in New Zealand. Here, his desire to die has subsided, but the spectre of suicide still emits a "low hum" in his life. His new book explores why people decide to kill themselves, born from a need to understand his own psyche, and prompt those on the edge to think twice before stepping off. Britt Mann learned more.
We have an appalling, and ever growing suicide rate in New Zealand. Developmental psychologist and science writer Jesse Bering tries to make sense of the epidemic and why humans do this to themselves when no other living creature does. His book is called A Very Human Ending: How Suicide Haunts Our Species.