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National Resource: Preventing Maori Suicide Webinar Video and Slides Now Online

The Suicide Prevention Information of New Zealand (SPINZ) video and slides from Wednesday’s webinar are now online:

Preventing Maori suicide: Involving whanau and community


Fill out the Evaluation Survey!  If you have a few minutes afterwards, the organisers would love to hear what you thought of the Webinar:


You can still register for the third webinar at:


SPINZ Newsletter August 2012

The latest issue of the SPINZ Newsletter is now available in PDF or web page format. This issue focuses on diverse communities, and we bring you a range of stories about initiatives, services and research supporting suicide prevention across New Zealand.

Links in this contents list take you to their web pages:

Let’s talk about inclusion – Sam Orchard is Rainbow Champion at Affinity Services – find out what that means and why it’s important.

A farmer’s story – After losing a friend to suicide, farmer Stu Richards opens up about loneliness and farming pressures. We talk to three agencies working to make sure guns in rural communities are used safely.

Computer game as good as counselling for depressed youth – A team of Auckland University experts is finding success in its SPARX e-therapy for depressed teens.

Reporting Suicide: avoid simple explanations – We encourage journalists to put suicide stories in context and educate the public about how to help.

Everyone has a role in Asian suicide prevention – Malaysian-born Ivan Yeo explains how we can all take part in reducing suicide risk in our communities, and we profile our Chinese-language resources.

Watering the young taro shoots – Cook Islands Māori psychologist Dr Evangelene Daniela describes her four-part approach to working with Pacific families.

Māori experts speak – We profile a collaborative project that collected the kōrero of experts in Māori suicide prevention.

New books & research – Latest research and books available from the Mental Health Foundation Resource & Information Service.

Suicide Prevention in NZ Newsletter for May 2012

The latest issue of the SPINZ Newsletter is now available in PDF or web page format. They bring you a variety of articles that will appeal to a range of people working or interested in suicide prevention, as well as an article aimed at assisting the media with its reporting of suicide.

Links in this contents list take you to the web pages:

Always something better round the corner – Kurt didn’t grow up in an idyllic family setting – he offers insight into how to turn your life around when things aren’t so rosy.

Making suicide support sites more visible – Pro-suicide websites show up more commonly than support sites for people searching the net for suicide information. A group of Wellington researchers suggests ways to turn this around.

When a colleague takes his own life... – Radio host Mike Puru talks on video about the day he lost his colleague to suicide and how he and his colleagues dealt with the fallout.

Empowering rangatahi, strengthening communities – Michael Naera listens to what communities need, and helps them build on their strengths. Find out how he and Kia Piki te Ora are doing this for communities across the Lakes District and beyond.

Preventing suicide: it begins with you – Lifeline urges people to take its ASIST first aid course in suicide prevention.

Go, Think, Stop: a quick guide for reporters – We introduce the media to a simple “traffic light” guide for reporting on suicide

Latest suicide facts released – Take a quick look at the latest official New Zealand suicide statistics.

New books & research – A selection of the latest research and books available from the Mental Health Foundation’s Resource & Information Service.

Mauri ora
Moira Clunie and Witi Ashby
Suicide Prevention Information Development Manager and Development Manager Māori
Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand

Nationwide Ministry of Health Resources

for your information and reference – Nationwide resources….provided by Ministry of Health across New Zealand

Support and help for individuals


  • Lifeline 0800 543 354
  • Lifeline’s Suicide helpline 0508 TAUTOKO
  • Youthline 0800 376 633
  • Kidsline 0800 543 754 (weekdays 4-6 pm)
  • What’s Up 0800 942 8787 (one to 11 pm 7 days, for young people aged 5 to 18)
  •  Depression Helpline 0800 111 757
  • Samaritans 0800 826 666 (lower North Island and Upper South Island) provides confidential, non-judgmental emotional support through their telephone helpline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to people in distress and at risk of dying by suicide.
  • Healthline 0800 611 116


  • The Lowdown (for young people) www.thelowdown.co.nz or freetext 5626
  • The Depression website www.depression.org.nz  which provides information about depression and an online depression self-management programme ‘The Journal’ presented by John Kirwan, which is backed up by online and phone base personalised support services.
  • Samaritans www.samaritans.org.nz


  • Primary care professional or general practitioner
  • Community mental health service through the local district health boards (contact details in the white pages or at www.moh.govt.nz/districthealthboards

Support for families and friends

General Information Sources

  • Ministry of Health www.moh.govt.nz/suicideprevention – information about suicide and suicide prevention, facts, and Ministry publications
  • Suicide Prevention Information New Zealand www.spinz.org.nz – the national information service to provide high quality information to promote safe and effective suicide prevention activities.
  • The Mental Health Foundation www.mentalhealth.org.nz provides free information and training, and advocates for policies and services that support people with experience of mental illness, and also their families/whanau and friends.

‘How Do We Talk About Suicide’ Conference Footage Now Online

The sessions and keynote speeches from this year’s “How Do We Talk About Suicide?” conference from SPINZ are now online to view along with transcripts.

Over 400 people attended this year’s suicide prevention conference, the largest attendance ever for a SPINZ event, and the project hopes to reach an even wider audience with these online recordings.

Those who attended the conference were asked to fill in an evaluation in order to help SPINZ make improvements for future events.

If you have time, they would also like those of you who either watched the live stream or have viewed the online recordings to fill in an evaluation.  You can find the link for that here.

Launch of Suicide Helpline: 0508 Tautoko

Press release follows:

Talking about Suicide Saves Lives, says Lifeline Aotearoa

“Unfortunately, everyone has a suicide story,” says Lifeline Aotearoa CEO, Jo Denvir.   The leading helplines organisation is preparing for World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September by issuing a call to all New Zealanders to talk more about suicide.

“You don’t have to look very far to find someone who has been affected by suicide, but it’s not something we’re comfortable talking about in New Zealand” says Ms Denvir.   “The ripple effects of suicide are enormous.   It’s not only the family who are affected, but friends and co-workers can also experience tremendous guilt.  The legacy of suicide is definitely under-estimated.”

Lifeline Aotearoa has chosen World Suicide Prevention Week to launch the 0508 TAUTOKO helpline; New Zealand’s first suicide prevention helpline where those who may be considering suicide, or people affected by suicide, can call for help and support.    “We know those considering suicide often reach out.  The aim of 0508 TAUTOKO is to make that support readily available, where people can call without fear of being judged or rejected.” Says Lifeline Aotearoa Helplines Manager, Dylan Norton.

The helpline runs alongside Lifeline Aoteaora’s community awareness campaign around suicide, recently launched at Orakeimarae.   “The ‘start the conversation today’ campaign specifically targets our high rate of Maori youth suicide, but the message is the same throughout the community” comments Ms Denvir.  “Just asking if someone is OK, commenting that they don’t seem themselves, can make a huge difference and get someone talking.”

For further information on the ‘start the conversation today’ campaign please visit www.lifeline.org.nz


Please contact:

Jo Denvir, CEO, Lifeline Aotearoa jod@lifeline.org.nz

Kayte Godward, Sector Relationship Manager, Lifeline Aotearoa kayteg@lifeline.org.nz


Starting the Conversation:  How to talk about suicide:

  1. 1.    Check in:  If you’re concerned about someone and think they might be thinking about suicide, Check In with them.  Often people thinking of suicide give out lostsos signals that they are not okay.  One of the best things we can do is ask how they are.

    Here are some ways you can ask:
    Q) Mate, I get the feeling something’s on your mind.  Are you OK?
    Q) You don’t really seem like your old self.  What’s going on with you?
    Q) I’m really concerned about you.  Can you tell me what’s going on for you?
    Q) I want you to know you’re not alone.  I’m here for you.  Can you talk about what’s going on for you?

  1. Listen without judgement:  When someone tells you they feel suicidal, or fell like “ending it all” – LISTEN WITHOUT JUDGEMENT.  Often having someone to talk to can help keep someone safe.
  1. Take them seriously:  When someone tells you they feel suicidal, or feel like “ending it all” – TAKE THEM SERIOUSLY.  Every attempt to reach out for help is an opportunity to help keep someone safe.
  2. Ask if they have a plan:  When someone tells you they feel suicidal, or feel like ending it all: – DO THEY HAVE A PLAN? – If someone has a plan then you may need some help to keep them safe.  Connecting in with a professional or someone who knows suicide first aid is the best think to do.
  3. Connect with profesionals:  When someone tells you they feel suicidal, or feel like ‘ending it all” , and/or they have a plan – CONNECT IN WITH PROFESSIONALS.  Unless you are trained in suicide first aid it is best to connect in with someone with the tools to help keep them safe.

If you’re in an emergency situation where you or someone else is at risk of harm, contact 111. 




Lifeline Suicide Prevention Helpline:    0508 TAUTOKO

Depression.org Helpline:                         0800 111 757

Lifeline NZ 24/7 Helpline:                                    0800 543 354

SPINZ – www.spinz.org.nz

Lifeline Aotearoa – www.lifeline.org.nz