Suicide prevention resources to support those at risk

29 Jun, 2018

The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand (MHF) is proud to offer a suite of free suicide prevention resources that provide information and support to people who may be at risk of suicide or self-harm, and the families, whānau, communities and others who support them. 

Most people who consider suicide don’t want to die – they just want their pain to end or can't see another way out of their situation.

“Support from people who care about them, a sense of meaning and connection with their own culture, identity and purpose, can help them to find a way through,” MHF chief executive Shaun Robinson says.

“We all have a role to play in preventing suicide by reaching out and reminding people of hope. Although the statistics are sobering it’s important to remember that people can and do recover from dark times. There is help is available,” adds Mr Robinson.

These suicide prevention resources available through the MHF can support New Zealanders to support themselves and others when life feels too hard:

  • Having suicidal thoughts and finding a way back: For people who are managing their own suicidal thoughts. It offers support information, advice from people who have lived through their own suicidal thoughts and suggestions about recovery. 
  • Personal Safety Plan: For people who experience suicidal thoughts and want to keep a record of the things they can do and the people they can turn to if they’re in crisis.
  • Tihei Mauri Ora: For whānau and friends who want to learn about warning signs and how to support someone who may be feeling suicidal. A postcard version is also available for people to give to loved ones. It provides information on where to get help.
  • Are you worried someone is thinking of suicide?: For family, whānau, friends, colleagues and others who want to learn about warning signs and how to support someone who may be feeling suicidal. A postcard version is also available for people to give to loved ones. It provides information on where to get help.
  • What Happens Now?: For people who have survived a suicide attempt or serious self- harm. It offers information on how to keep themselves safe and works through questions that may arise. 

A new online brochure provides more information about each resource. Visit the suicide prevention webpage to view or download these resources. Print copies of selected resources may be ordered through the MHF webstore.

Contact:
Amanda Wickman
Senior Marketing and Communications Officer
09 623 4810
021 233 8517
Amanda.wickman@mentalhealth.org.nz