Regions across New Zealand are
participating in Lifeline Aotearoa’s suicide prevention
courses and Lifeline is hoping more people in the rural
community will sign on.
“Working in the rural sector is
important to us, six of our branches are in rural
communities.” Says Jo Denvir, CEO of Lifeline
“If we can train all rural first-responders
and the Rural Support Trust in ASIST Suicide First Aid
skills then we can make a real difference.” Ms Denvir
In the 6 months from July to December 2014, rural
communities have tragically lost 14 farmers as a result of
suicide. With the provisional coronial suicide figures
sitting at 569 the need to get all communities trained is
greater than ever.
“If we get the right type of support
into these communities, driven and administered by the
community until longer-term professional support can be
engaged, then we can prevent suicides.”
Ms Denvir wants
to encourage New Zealanders to take up the challenge and get
trained. “We need people, organisations, industries to
view ASIST suicide first-aid intervention skills as
important as learning CPR.”
It would seem international
research certainly supports her notion. In a ground breaking
study conducted by leading suicide researchers at Columbia
and Rochester Universities showed that callers working with
ASIST-trained counselors were significantly less depressed
and suicidal—and significantly more hopeful about
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Supporting our ambassadors with Pasifika suicide intervention training
Earlier this month we were blessed to
partner with Lifeline Aotearoa to provide their ASIST training workshop
to our Pasifika suicide prevention ambassadors and others.
Workshop facilitators Caroline and Kayte delivered a challenging,
thought provoking, imaginative and well-evidenced approach to educating
participants on suicide prevention. In addition to our Le Va staff, we
were also fortunate to have many of our Pasifika suicide prevention
ambassadors attend from across the country.
The two-day Pacific-focused workshop covered four broad learning objectives.
Connecting with your attitudes – considering and
sharing your own attitudes towards suicide as an entry into discussion
about how these attitudes may affect a caregiver role with a person at
risk. Understanding the concerns of persons at risk – learning what a person at risk may need from others in order to keep them safe and get more help. The suicide intervention model – a framework
connecting understanding and assistance. A pocket sized brochure to
recall the steps that contribute to saving lives and preventing suicide
was also distributed. Networking – the workshop concluded with feedback, information on roles and contacts including community resources.
My humble thanks to our fellow participants who enriched my learning
experience with their willingness to network, and to share their
thoughts and experiences on this important topic. A very special thank you to Caroline and Kayte for their engaging, professional and uplifting facilitation of the workshop!
If you are interested in ASIST training, please contact Lifeline or email email@example.com.
1 April 2014
For immediate release
Lifeline welcomes Law Commission Recommendations
Lifeline New Zealand has welcomed suicide reporting recommendations
by the Law Commission, released today, as a positive step forward.
The Law Commission has recommended that media be allowed to report
self-inflicted deaths as a ‘suspected suicide’; although reporting
deaths as suicide and the manner of death is still prohibited.
Lifeline NZ CEO, Jo Denvir, is pleased with the change as a first step.
“We believe this is a positive decision and will replace the current
terminology of ‘no suspicious circumstances’, which everyone reads as
suicide anyway. It also brings suicide into the conversation in a very
subtle way which, for many, can mean a more open dialogue between friends and family members.
While research results around the presentation of suicide in the media
is mixed, there is a general agreement that a significant area for
creating risk is when means of suicide is reported. As such, Lifeline
supports the Law Commission’s recommendation that method of death be
Lifeline provides suicide prevention and intervention training
throughout New Zealand to a range of communities, in addition to
providing the 24 hour suicide crisis helpline, 0508 82 88 65.
“Part of what we work towards, as an organisation that regularly works
with suicidality, is to reduce the guilt and stigma around suicide,”
says Ms Denvir. “When we start talking about it, we find that everyone
has a suicide-story. It could be a family member, a friend of the
family, or a work colleague. But usually everyone knows of someone.”
Lifeline encourages anyone who would like to know more about suicide prevention to view the awareness videos and whakaaro on www.suicideprevention.org.nz
021 567 303
February 27, 2014
For immediate release.
Lifeline Aotearoa launches next phase of suicide prevention campaign –‘Start
the conversation today – Me tīmata te kōrero i tēnei rā!’
The campaign to date has seen the launch of New Zealand’s first Suicide
Helpline 0508 TAUTOKO (82 88 65) and six television adverts encouraging
people to reach out for help, while also showing how suicide affects us all,
and is a community issue.
Lifeline will release a series of thirty-five long and short web-whakaaro from
Maori and Pasifika community members who wanted to contribute something
meaningful about the topic of suicide.
"This next phase consists of a series of web-whakaaro. Whakaaro can mean
'thought, opinion, idea or gift' in te reo Māori, which I think captures what
this next phase is all about." says Lifeline CEO, Jo Denvir.
"It's about positive engagement with members of the Maori and Pasifika
community, where we can listen and share together in the many diverse thoughts
or whakaaro around this issue.”
This week Lifeline showcases whakaaro from Pacific Inc and Le Va CEO Dr Monique Faleafa, Māori
broadcaster and producer Annabelle
Lee Harris, Māori actor, writer, poet, presenter and eco-warrior Anatonio Te Maioha and
actress Amber Cureen.
The campaign has been running since 2011 and over the past two years Maori Television
and tvCentral have picked the TAUTOKO adverts up.
“We look forward to a future where TVNZ and TV3 take up the opportunity to
reach out to their viewers as well.” Ms Denvir says. “But its baby steps, you
have to go at the same pace as the community, so we can all hopefully end up
together in the same place.”
To check out Lifeline’s Suicide Prevention Education web-whakaaro series click here.
If you, or someone you know is thinking about suicide, or if you have been
affected by the death or injury of someone to suicide, call 0508 TAUTOKO (82 88
65) for support from trained suicide first aid professionals.