A guide for having safe, open, honest and compassionate kōrero about suicide with taiohi/young people.

Taiohi/young people know suicide is a big issue in Aotearoa, and they know it affects most of us in some way. They may come across it through the media, they may know someone who has died by suicide or be supporting a friend who is feeling suicidal. They may have had thoughts of suicide themselves.

Although it can feel hard to kōrero/talk about the tough stuff, it’s important that we can all have safe, open, honest and compassionate kōrero about suicide so our taiohi feel heard, supported and understood.

The Connecting Through Kōrero guidebook and videos are for parents, caregivers, teachers, counsellors, aunties, uncles, friends and other whānau members - anyone who cares about taiohi and needs tautoko/support and guidance to kōrero with them about suicide. Watch the video(s) that best suit your situation and read through the sections below, and see our Useful Resources page for additional information.

If you are concerned that taiohi in your life may be having thoughts of suicide right now, this resource will not be useful to you. Instead visit our Worried about someone webpage for more information. 

When a young person's supporting a mate
Not sure how to safely talk about suicide?
What to do when youth joke about suicide
Talking to young people about suicide in media
How you might talk when a celebrity dies by suicide

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