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Have You Seen the Target Zero Documentary Yet? Watch Online

A very special documentary aired on Maori Television on the 15th of June. Target Zero highlights the need for suicide prevention strategies in NZ, Key to Life Charitable Trust‘s grassroots work across NZ, what gets people through and the solutions whanau and youth themselves are enacting in their schools and towns. IMG_0168


Engage Aotearoa would like to congratulate Mike King, Jo Methven, Tai Tupou and the rest of the Key to Life team on  the messages they have brought together in Target Zero. This is an inspiring example of what can come about when genuine people, with genuine passion, collaborate with their communities to fill community needs.

Watch Target Zero online here and share it on social media.

These are the kinds of ideas we need to be spreading.

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

Mike King Korero Heads to Taranaki Region in September

Mike King and Tai Tupou are hitting the road again in September to encourage schools and communities to make it cool to korero about the tough stuff, so we all make it through.

  • 10 September, 1 pm, Cool to Korero, Francis Douglas College, New Plymouth
  • 10 September, 7:30 pm, Community Korero, War Memorial Hall, Stratford
  • 11 September, 7:30 pm, Community Korero, Waves Building, New Plymouth
  • 11 September, 12:30 am, Cool to Korero for Hawera High and Patea Area School, The Hub, Hawera
  • 12 September, 11:30 am, Combined Community Cool to Korero, Opunake College, Opunake

While the team at Key to Life are getting ready to hit the road, the team at Engage Aotearoa will be adding recovery resources from each of these towns to The Community Resources Directory, so they can be delivered to those who need them when the team hits the ground in each of their locations across Taranaki. If you know of any services in the Taranaki region you think others would find useful, email them in to info@engagenz.co.nz.

Cool to Korero Kaitaia Trip a Success

Mike King of The Key to Life Charitable Trust and The Nutters Club traveled to Kaitaia with Engage Aotearoa from the 4th to the 6th of March to throw solutions at suicide and help encourage people to talk more.

After a powhiri at Te Runanga o te Rarawa, major sponsors of the initiative, the pair visited Taipa Area School and presented Its Cool to Korero to 150 senior school students and community members.

That evening, over 90 members of the Far North community attended Mike King’s Community Korero, where Mike and Miriam fielded questions from the crowd and got everyone talking about how they can make a difference or get through themselves.

The next day, all 800+ students at Kaitaia College and 60 students from neighbouring Aniwaniwa College took part in the Cool to Korero talk, split across two, packed-to-capacity 2-hour sessions in the school hall. Mike’s presentation had participants laughing their way into this sensitive subject and inspired to do more.

At each seminar, the audience was asked to stand if they ‘would do anything they could to stop one person from committing suicide.’ Picture entire rooms of hundreds standing to show their support.

Each school session provided an opportunity for students to have one-on-one time with Mike and/or Miriam and over 20 students were able to come forward to seek support. Take-away resources were available on Bullying, Heartbreak, Depression, Alcohol and Drugs, Suicide, Mental-Health Problems, Recovery, Community Resources and more.


Each school was left with a stack of Skylight teacher resources and library books including It Happened to Me: A Teen’s Guide to Overcoming Sexual Abuse; The Anger Toolbox; Something Has Happened Activity Book for Children; The Tough Stuff Activity Book for Children; A Terrible Thing Happened storybook for Children; Creative Coping Skills for Children; Bully Blocking and Emotional Support through Arts and Crafts Activities.

After the last Kaitaia College session on the 6th of March, before they began the long drive back to Auckland, Miriam and Mike made a special after-school visit to Pamapuria Primary (pictured here) with a box of Skylight books for the kids who have experienced trauma there recently .  

So that’s 2 days and over 1 000 people who are ready to lead the changes needed to reach the zero suicide rate that is Key to Life Charitable Trust’s goal and make recovery easier, just like Engage Aotearoa is trying to do.

Discussions are underway to bring the talk to other towns in the Far North in the coming months. Engage Aotearoa has provided schools with follow-up activities for their classrooms and evaluations are currently underway.

Many thanks to Mike King of The Key to Life Charitable Trust, Kevin, BJ, Paulette, Ellen and everybody at Te Runanga o Te Rarawa, Mental Health Commissioner Lynne Lane, Bice and co at Skylight, Ivan at the Mental Health Foundation of NZ, The Beachcomber, Fathers Against Suicide, Kaitaia College, Taipa Area School and all the other people who helped us to pull this together so quickly and so well.

More photo’s coming soon.

Suicide Prevention Interview on Take It From Us

QPR for suicide prevention is a ray of hope to address our appalling suicide rates. It’s a ‘know-what-to-do’ resource to support someone when they might be thinking of ending it all. And it addresses the stigma linked to suicide.

Hear all about it on Take It From Us with guest, Dr Louisa Walker, a registered clinical psychologist.

Listen live on 104.6FM at 12.30pm or online www.planetaudio.org.nz

OR if you missed the 19 June 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 Facebook: type ‘take it from us’ in the search box

Email takeitfromus@mail.com for any feedback and comment/suggestions.

Complete the listener evaluation survey!

Just five minutes to complete and the chance to win Georgie Tutt’s book, Caught between Sunshine & Shadow, living with and managing bi-polar affective disorder: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/P9VS9F5

New Suicide Prevention Project: The Butterfly Diaries

‘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.

One Day QPR III Training: Suicide Screening & Triage

  • Friday 25 November 2011
  • 8.30 am to 4.30 pm
  • Crowne Plaza, 128, Albert Street, Auckland Central

The fee will be $280 including GST with lunch, morning and afternoon tea, work book and DVD provided

QPR is an evidence‐based and award winning suicide prevention training model that takes a systems wide approach to effectively train an organisation’s staff or individuals and reduce the risk of suicide. This advanced level training is designed for clinicians who hold clinical responsibility for the treatment of suicidal individuals. QPR New Zealand is a wholly owned subsidiary of Clinical Advisory Services Aotearoa Limited, better known by its acronym, CASA.

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer ‐‐ 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people are trained in CPR to help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of suicide and how to question, persuade, and refer someone for help. There are elements in this level of training in common with Level II training, i.e., background on special populations, epidemiology and basic concepts regarding risk management. QPRT Level III training, however is presented in detail from the perspective of equipping clinicians with information specific to their needs.

To be QPR certified you will need to sit and pass an examination at the end of the day.

To Register: Please complete the registration form and RSVP
to Anna Roberton at aroberton@adhb.govt.nz
by Friday 11 November 2011
Fax No: 630 9799

Payment: By cheque.  Please make your cheques payable to The Auckland District Health Board. Post to: Anna Roberton, Planning and Funding Dept, Auckland District Health Board, Private Bag 92189, Auckland Mail Centre


For further information contact: Lorraine Coelho, Assistant Manager Suicide and Mental Health at lcoelho@adhb.govt.nz


  • How to ensure best practice safe management of suicidal individuals in your care.
  • Understanding and managing suicide risk (Enhanced clinical interviewing skills: Conducting an effective suicide risk assessment, On‐going assessment in the course of treatment).
  • Current climate of suicide risk assessment.
  • Suicide risk reduction practices and critical information on unrecognised suicide risk.
  • Clinical responsibility and accountability in the care of suicidal individuals.
  • Neurobiology of suicide.
  • Pharmacotherapy, mental illness and suicide and Chemical pathways for suicidal acts.
  • Mental illness diagnosis and suicide (Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Substance Abuse, Traumatic Brain Injury, PTSD).
  •  In‐patient suicide: Five acute suicide risk factors.
  • Effective treatment to reduce suicidal behaviour, and disease management model for suicidal patients.
  • Role play exercises, documentation exercise, and clinical case reviews.

Suicide Prevention & Social Media on Take It From Us


Today on Take It From Us, Taimi Allan from Mind and Body Consultants Ltd joins host Sheldon Brown to review the How Do We Talk About Suicide? Conference and discuss the role of social media in suicide prevention. What do you need to look out for online? How do you respond to an online call for help? What kinds of comments should ring warning bells for you?


Tune in @ 12.30pm today and every Tuesday, PlanetFM104.6.

Listen live on the web at www.planetaudio.org.nz/takeitfromus 


Call in on 09 815 5110 after 12.30pm to share your thoughts and ask questions.


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