TALKING IS HEALING

Ko te kai a te rangatira, he kōrero.

The importance of discussion, debate and examination of ideas and perspectives in Te Ao Māori is expressed in the proverb, “Ko te kai a te rangatira, he kōrero”. There are pepeha and whakataukī that emphasise how interaction and communication play an important role in maintaining the mana of people, their whānau, hapū and iwi.
Moe Milne, Te Pou - Talking therapies for Maori


Check out our latest web-whakaaro from Diane Black, Maggie Edwards and Hine Grindley.


Tama Waipara award-winning musician.




Tama lends his voice to Lifeline's TALKING IS HEALING suicide prevention campaign.  He talks about why he joined the campaign to raise awareness. If you need to talk please call our TAUTOKO suicide prevention helpline 0508 82 88 65.


Kaumatua and Kuia voices are an important feature in our TALKING IS HEALING campaign.  Liz Mitchelson talks about why she thinks communication is key in suicide prevention.


Lawrence Wharerau, Maori broadcaster, actor and film archivist.

It is through the honesty of others that we find hope. Thank you to Lawrence Wharerau for his absolute support and belief in this kaupapa and for sharing his wisdom and experience with us all so we can learn, heal and grow.

Aroha Hathaway - Broadcaster, writer, actor.

Aroha Hathaway has been an inspiration to many people, she is candid and open about her own mental health experiences through the Depression.org campaign and the Nutters Club. We are so thankful to have spent some time with her to hear how she thinks we can help our loved ones.

To view more of our web-whaakro videos featuring Dr Monique Faleafa, Manase Lua, Tui O'Sullivan, Annabelle Lee Harris, Anatonio Te Maioha and Amber Cureen
click here.

Tell, Ask, Listen, Keep safe

A half-day programme which teaches participants how to provide practical help to persons with thoughts of suicide .

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Community Kōrero, Community Talks



'Start the Conversation Today - Me timata te kōrero i tenei ra!'
If you would like to know more about our community presentations tailored to your group needs click here.


Suicide Helpline
0508 TAUTOKO     
(82 88 65)


If you think you, or someone you know, may be thinking about suicide, or you have been affected by the death or injury of someone to suicide.

Call 0508 TAUTOKO (82 88 65) for support.

Available 24 hours, 7 days.







2 day applied suicide intervention skills training

Evidence based, suicide first-aid training.  Gives you the skills to be a suicide first aider.

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Latest Research

A groundbreaking study has shown that LivingWorks’ ASIST program helps caregivers provide effective help to persons at risk in immediate suicide first-aid situations.

Conducted by leading suicide researchers at Columbia and Rochester Universities, the Impact of ASIST on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline study evaluated over 1,500 calls made to the Lifeline and showed that callers working with ASIST-trained counselors were
significantly less depressed and suicidal—and significantly more hopeful about living.

Download Research:

Gould et al (2013) Impact of ASIST on the NSPL 676691 published SLBT December 2013 Vol 436 pp 676-691.pdf

LW-Gould-Study-Handout-2014-01-22.pdf



Training Opportunities & Workshops We can arrange safeTALK or ASIST workshops to suit your organisation.

For a list of confirmed workshops, dates and locations in the coming months see the registrations page.



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