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Services working to prevent Wairarapa suicides

Ron Karaitiana. PHOTO/FILE

Offering up support

Te Hauora

Te Hauora Runanga o Wairarapa is serious about suicide.

Trained clinicians at the Masterton-based service are willing and ready to help, chief executive Ron Karaitiana said.

“As the chief executive of Te Hauora, a service that is serious about suicide, I know our trained clinicians are willing and ready to help.

“We are going over our entire caseload to look at those people that have identified suicide in their past, and do a welfare check to make sure that they are okay.”

He said suicide was “becoming the norm” and Te Hauora wanted to change that and “help people see their future by being present in their time of need”.

“If you know of someone that may be quieter than normal, or appearing isolated, let them know that all of our support agencies are here to help.”

Te Hauora Runanga o Wairarapa is a Kaupapa Maori community support service for Maori Health, located at 15 Victoria St, Masterton.

Phone 06 378 0140 or freephone 0800 666 744.

WAVES

WAVES is an eight-week programme, designed to support families and individuals bereaved by suicide.

Through the programme, people learn to understand the grieving process and their own grieving style.

People often suggest bereaved ought to try to “get over it”, which can leave them feeling unsupported and alone.

The WAVES programme takes into account that grief can affect people in every dimension of their lives.

It enables participants to discuss and manage living through the “why” question, and work through the hard times.

Bereaved are guided to start their healing process, moving from mourning the loss to celebrating the life of their loved one.

  • If you know someone interested in attending a WAVES programme, contact: Donna Rameka from Supporting Families on (06) 377 3081 or Jill Renata from Adult Mental Health on 027 301 8445.

Where to get help

If you are worried about your or someone else’s mental health, the best place to get help is your GP or local mental health provider.

However, if you or someone else is in danger or endangering others, call 111.

For Wairarapa mental health services, phone 0508 432 432.

Free Helplines, online and text support:

TE HAIKA: 0800 745 477

NEED TO TALK? call or text 1737

DEPRESSION HELPLINE: 0800 111 757

LIFELINE: 0800 543 354

SAMARITANS: 0800 726 666

YOUTHLINE: 0800 376 633 or text 234

KIDSLINE: 0800 543 754 (under 18yo)

WHAT’S UP: 0800 942 8787 (for 5–18yo).

SUICIDE CRISIS HELPLINE: 0508 828 865

HEALTHLINE: 0800 611 116

DEPRESSION HELPLINE: 0800 111 757 or free text 4202

OUTLINE NZ: 0800 688 5463, sexuality/gender identity

THELOWDOWN.CO.NZ – or free text 5626

1 COMMENT

  1. Ironically Wairarapa Mental health have a 0508 number which is not offered as a place to call. Suicide prevention starts with a robust mental health system which we lack in this country.

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