Suicide prevention

Our Work / Suicide prevention

The Mental Health Foundation develops information resources to support people who are worried about their own suicide risk or the suicide risk of someone close to them.

Most people who attempt 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, and connection with their own sense of culture, identity and purpose, can help them to find a way through.

Through the Mental Health Foundation's information service, we can link you to information about suicide prevention support available. Otherwise, if someone has attempted suicide, or you're worried about their immediate safety, you can do the following:

  • Call your local mental health crisis assessment team or go with them to the emergency department (ED) at your nearest hospital.
  • If they are an immediate physical danger to themselves or others, call 111.
  • Stay with them until support arrives.
  • Remove any obvious means of suicide they might use, eg, guns, medication, car keys, knives, rope.
  • Try to stay calm and let them know you care.
  • Keep them talking: listen and ask questions without judging.
  • Make sure you are safe.

For more information about supporting yourself or someone else who is suicidal, we have developed a series of online factsheets:


The Mental Health Foundation works alongside a range of other suicide prevention initiatives as part of the New Zealand Suicide Prevention Strategy 2006–2016.

We also have information on suicide bereavement.