New suicide prevention resource from the Mental Health Foundation

2 Dec, 2015

MEDIA RELEASE

The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) has released its newest resource – Are you worried someone is thinking of suicide? Advice for families, whānau and friends.

“We all have a role to play in preventing suicide,” MHF chief executive Judi Clements says. “Family and friends are often the first to notice when something is wrong, and we often hear that people in that situation are worried about saying the wrong thing and don’t know where to go for help.

“This resource will guide families, whānau and friends to identify warning signs, know who is most at risk and find the right help and support when someone is in distress.”

The resource provides readers with tips and advice about what to say and when to say it, as well as building a support network and looking after yourself while caring for someone else.

“You don’t have to have all the answers,” Ms Clements says. “It’s fine to say ‘I don’t really know what to do, but I do know we need some help.’ Ask the person what they need, talk openly and honestly with them, and help them to access the support they need to begin their road to recovery.”

This new resource will help foster compassion and understanding, and allow families, whanau and friends to work together to prevent suicide in New Zealand.

This free resource is available to download or order from the Mental Health Foundation webstore.

He taonga rongonui te aroha ki te tangata – Compassion for others is a precious treasure.

ENDS

For further information or comment, please contact:

Sophia Graham
Communications & PR Specialist
Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand
021 740 454

Additional information: This resource was put together after consultation with over 900 New Zealanders with experience supporting someone through feeling suicidal, experience of feeling suicidal themselves or who had been bereaved by suicide. 850 people completed our online survey, and many others participated in focus groups and offered their insight and experience to help in the production of this resource.

Further information about suicide prevention, including what to do when you’re worried about someone, coping with suicidal thoughts and what to do after a suicide attempt can be found at http://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/suicideprevention