Welcome to the 'TALKING IS HEALING' page.

This project started in 2011 and was about gathering the thoughts, whakaaro from our community, our suicide prevention experts and whanau / fanau members about the topic of suicide, and how we can support those bereaved, or in distress, or concerned about someone. 

Together we can share our collective knowledge taught to us by our ancestors, kuia, koroua, stories, proverbs and lived experience.  We would like to acknowledge everyone who has participated in this korero over the past 3 years and got in behind our campaign 'Start the conversation today - Me timata te korero i tenei ra!'

Please feel free to share these whakaaro with others as they are here for everyone to learn something from.

Whakaaro can mean 'thought, opinion, idea or gift' in te reo Māori, and this next phase is all about engaging with members of the Maori and Pasefika community and sharing together the many diverse thoughts or whakaaro around this kaupapa.

Pacific Inc. Ltd and Le Va CEO Dr Monique Faleafa.

Māori broadcaster and producer Annabelle Lee Harris.

Manase Lua - National lead for Te Pou's Disability Workforce Development programme

Māori actor, writer, poet and eco-warrior Anatonio Te Maioha


Maori Actor Amber Curren.

 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.

More voices from our kuia - Diane Black, Maggie Edwards and Hine Grindley (Maori Wardens)

  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.