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Keep on Keeping On: Carnival for a Cause | Auckland 7 Dec 2014

Third Annual Suicide Prevention Awareness Carnival

  • Date: 7 December
  • Time: 13:00–16:00
  • Place: Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson, Auckland

Keep on Keeping On is the annual festival where we all come together to have fun in the sun at the same time as we learn about suicide prevention, who we can all turn to in our time of need or how to talk about a loved one at risk. 

This year’s event features carnival rides and games, FREE Santa photos, a market filled with local groups and organizations who work hard to make our community a great place to be, and also lots of local organizations that are here to help us if we are feeling a bit confused or down or just need a good old chin wag.

This year the event is welcoming back YOUTHLINE, and the WALSH TRUST and joined by groups like MAN ALIVE, ADHB SEXUAL HEALTH, CASPER and many many more, in the hope of letting people know exactly who they can turn to if they are in need. 

Find more info on the Facebook Event page

Take it from Us | World Suicide Prevention Day | 10 Sep 2013

For World Suicide Prevention Day on Tuesday September 10, Take It From Us brings listeners an in-depth interview with CASPER chief executive, Maria Bradshaw, on what’s working in suicide prevention, and how CASPER has helped lower suicide statistics for youth, and especially Maori youth. Yet her main message is much more still needs to be done.

Take It From Us Tuesday September 10 @ 12.30pm PlanetFM104.6 or online www.planetaudio.org.nz

OR if you missed the broadcast, listen for the next seven days @: www.planetaudio.org.nz/takeitfromus

Catch up on the last four shows online: www.likeminds.org.nz

And don’t forget our new Facebook page @ Facebook.com and type take it from us in the search box; our email is takeitfromus@mail.com for any feedback and comment/suggestions for shows.

Conference to Coincide with Annual World Suicide Prevention Day: 10 Sep 2013


Sunday, 18 August, 2013 – 11:21

CASPER (Community Action on Suicide Prevention Education and Research) will be holding its annual conference in Auckland on Tuesday 10 September 2013, to coincide with the Annual Suicide Prevention Day that is observed worldwide on this day each year.

The focus of CASPER’s 2013 conference is to look at the factors that trigger suicide and how to recognise and manage the risk of suicide.

“Nearly one million people worldwide die as a result of suicide each year, this is one death every 40 seconds. In New Zealand ten people commit suicide every week and the figures for children and young people, people in rural communities and Maori have risen steadily over the past five years. Evidence shows that most suicides are triggered by relationship break ups, trouble with the law, financial stresses and unemployment – not by mental illness,” says CASPER’s CEO Maria Bradshaw.

New Zealand companies and employers are being urged to recognise suicide as a health and safety issue and to support managers and staff to learn more about how it can be prevented.

“Suicide costs an estimated $1.6 billion against the New Zealand economy per annum, a figure which includes $200 million in lost productivity. Companies need to understand that investment in suicide prevention makes good economic sense as well as being socially responsible and contributing to business profitability,” says Bradshaw.

Bradshaw is encouraging companies to support this important national issue, by supporting any employees who express an interest in attending the annual conference and subsequent activities to support World Suicide Prevention Day.

CASPER hopes other companies will follow the lead of Vodafone who encouraged their employees to attend last year’s Annual Conference, recognising it as an important training opportunity and paying their registration fees.

Media will be granted free entry to the annual conference with the opportunity to hear from national guest speakers who are leaders in suicide research and prevention. Experts confirmed are Professor Roger Mulder, Head of Department of Psychological Medicine at Otago University, who will talk about new models of risk assessment and the failure of the mental health approach to suicide prevention.

Dr Mera Penehira, PhD Director of Postgraduate Studies at the University of Auckland who has been researching Maori health for the past eight years will focus discussion around the triggers for suicide in Maori girls and women.

Dr Claire Dale representing the Child Poverty Action Group will speak about triggers for suicide in children and young people, and Katie Milne from the board of Federated Farmers, about rural suicide prevention.

Full details on the Annual Conference can be found at www.casper.org.nz and online registration at http://casper.eventbrite.co.nz/