Wellington Region Suicide Prevention and Postvention Coordination Service

Kia Ora, Talofa Lava, Malo e lelei, Kia Orana and Warm Pacific Greetings - Welcome to our Wellington Regions Suicide Prevention and Postvention Coordination Service

In 2014 the Ministry of Health (MOH) transferred responsibility for the local implementation of the National Suicide Prevention strategy 2012-2016 to District Health Boards.

Earlier this year the combined Wellington Region District Health Boards (Capital and Coast DHB, Hutt Valley DHB and Wairarapa DHB) underwent a tender process for a provider to supply a Suicide Prevention and Postvention Coordination Service.

The contract was awarded to Lifeline Aotearoa in May 2016 for a 2 year period and will include implementing the Wellington Region Suicide Prevention and Postvention Plan.

Lifeline has a huge depth of experience in suicide prevention and postvention work as well as in community engagement and coordination. We welcome the challenge to work with the Wellington Region communities and bringing to life the plan. 

Although Lifeline will be the overarching project lead for this piece of work, we will be working closely with the current and ongoing Suicide Postvention Coordinator, Jennie Jones, from Regional Public Health.  Jennie will continue to be the 'face of' and 'first point of contact' with anything to do with postvention in Capital Coast and Hutt Valley catchment area, and Lifeline will provide prevention coordination and training.

In addition, Lifeline will coordinate both the Suicide Prevention and Postvention plan for the Wairarapa area.

To view the Wellington 3DHB Suicide Prevention and Postvention Plan click here.

To find out more about this service please feel free to contact the project lead: Kayte Godward - kayteg@lifeline.org.nz or call the Suicide Prevention Education Team 09 909 9207

Structure of the 3DHB Suicide Prevention & Postvention Coordination Service


Leadership Group
An introduction into the new leadership group will be posted here soon with a link to a more in depth biography on each member.


National and Regional News

  • He applied it particularly to young people and those in psychiatric hospitals but, in 1972, UK art critic Roger Cardinal coined the term outsider art, expanding on Dubuffet's definition to include self-taught or naive art makers who hadn't studied at art schools. Click here.
  • More than 100 mental health and addictions nurses gathered in Dunedin this week for a national forum. Click here.
  • Mental health patients in the Auckland District Health Board's area have one of the highest rates of suicide and other "serious adverse events" in the country. Click here
  • Northland's Kaikohe are discussing aspects to an outdated drug law to a health-focussed law is overdue according to the New Zealand Drug Foundation who have begun a series of national public meetings to discuss the issue starting today in Northland. Click here.
  • The Ministry of Health says it has taken steps to relieve mental health stress arising from last Monday's earthquake, especially in Kaikoura. Click here
  • The New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists is calling for swift action on dedicated emergency counselling funding for the mental health needs of those affected by the ongoing North Canterbury earthquakes. Click here.

Overseas News

  •        The U.S. Transgender Survey found that a whopping 40 percent of trans people have attempted suicide, compared to just 4.6 percent of the general population. That is, a trans person is more than eight times more likely to try to kill themselves than a non-trans person. To read the Executive Summary of the report click here.
  •        Patients with acute coronary syndrome, an umbrella term for conditions where the heart's blood supply is suddenly blocked, may be at an increased risk for suicide compared to otherwise healthy people, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Click here
  •        Every former health secretary from the past 20 years has voiced "alarm and dismay" at the government's failure to improve mental health services. Click here
  •       The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is seeking applicants to develop recommendations of Governor Pat McCrory’s Task Force on Mental Health and Substance Use, including employing case management and other targeted strategies to help those with mental health and substance use issues across the state. Click here
  •       There's been a big rise in the number of young people seeking help for their anxieties, according to Childline. Click here.
  •       A study co-authored by UCLA professor Mark Kaplan determined that suicide rates in the U.S. are closely correlated to poverty rates, and that there was little relationship between suicide rates and unemployment or home foreclosure rates. Click here

  •      Community characteristics play vital role in perpetuating teen suicide clusters - source University of Chicago and University of Memphis

  •      Understanding the Exposure and Impact of Suicide in Australia .pdf- Suicide Prevention Australia