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Language preference: Māori English

Rangatahi Suicide Prevention

Māori suicide rates are high in Aotearoa. Te Puni Kōkiri is working with other government agencies, expert groups and community organisations to reduce Māori suicide.

Māori Suicide Statistics

Suicide is a major issue that is of real concern to New Zealand whānau and their communities.

Every year approximately over 500 people, many of them Māori, take their own lives by suicide, affecting the lives of many others. These deaths are preventable.

The Chief Coroner releases national provisional suicide statistics each year to help suicide prevention efforts and initiatives undertaken by other agencies. More information can be found here; https://coronialservices.justice.govt.nz/suicide/.

Online Resources

Te Puni Kōkiri and Te Rau Matatini have developed a series of free to use video messages targeting rangatahi youth suicide prevention to be released over the 2016/2017 summer period.

#MāoriOra

This first video message in the series is #MāoriOra. It encourages strength and resilience and celebrates originality. Click on the image below to view the video.

 

#TechTikanga.

The second video in the series is #TechTikanga. The video has a strong message about taking care when we message each other, make posts and image share.

 

All of the video messages were created by a group of rangatahi with personal experience in suicide.

#SuicidePrevention

The third video in the series is #SuicidePrevention. It encourages everyone to look, listen and ask the question – Are you OK? Click on the image below to view the video

#OutintheOpen

#Outintheopen is the fourth video in the series. The video has a message to our rangatahi that you should talk about how your are feeling to someone you trust. It can be the best thing you can do. Click on the image below to view the video

Where to get help

  • Lifeline: 0800 543 354
  • Suicide Crisis Helpline: 0508 828 865
  • Healthline – 0800 611 116

  • Youthline – 0800 376 633 or free text 234 or e-mail talk@youthline.co.nz

  • Depression Helpline – 0800 111 757 or www.depression.org.nz

  • Kidsline – 0800 54 37 54 (aimed at children up to 14 years of age; 4pm to 6pm weekdays)

  • Child Helpline – 0800 366 694 (aimed at children from 5 - 18 years of age; 9am - 7pm daily)

  • What’s Up – 0800 942 8787 (for 5-18 year olds; 1 pm to 11 pm) or www.whatsup.co.nz (7pm – 10pm)

  • Rural Support Trust – 0800 787 254

  • Alcohol Drug Helpline – 0800 787 797 or free text 8691

  • Samaritans – 0800 726 666 (for callers from the Lower North Island, Christchurch and West Coast) or 0800 211 211 (for callers from all other regions)

  • Casper – 0508 227737 (Community Action on Suicide Prevention Education and Research)

  • OUTLine NZ - 0800 688 5463 (This provides confidential telephone support for sexuality or gender identity issues)

  • The Lowdown – www.thelowdown.co.nz or free text 5626 or email team@thelowdown.co.nz (e-mails and text messages will be responded to between 12 noon and 12 midnight).

  • You could also talk to your General Practioner (GP), local health professional or someone you trust.

Stories and Videos

Māori suicide rates are high in Aotearoa. Te Puni Kōkiri is working with other government agencies, expert groups and community organisations to reduce Māori suicide. Read more about the way they are sharing prevention messages.

#MāoriOra

#MāoriOra is the first video in a series of suicide prevention online resources. It encourages strength and resilience and celebrates originality.

READ MORE

#TechTikanga

#TechTikanga is the second video in a series of suicide prevention online resources. It has a strong message about taking care when messaging each other, making posts and sharing images.

READ MORE

A Standing Ovation For Our Rangatahi
InnOvation Trust uses drama as a means to connect and work with rangatahi youth around social issues that affect them and their whānau.

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#SuicidePrevention

The third video in the series is #SuicidePrevention. It encourages everyone to look, listen and ask the question – Are you OK?

READ MORE

#OutintheOpen

The fourth video in the series is #OutintheOpen.  The video has a message to our rangatahi that you should talk about how your feeling to someone you trust.  It can be the best thing you can do.

READ MORE

Prime Minister's message to rangatahi Māori
A message to rangatahi Maori at Au E! Rangatahi Suicide Prevention conference.

READ MORE

Other Information about Suicide Prevention

To prevent suicide in New Zealand, it is vital that everyone – individuals, families, whānau, communities, employers, the media and government agencies – work together to promote protective factors and reduce risk factors known to influence suicide. No single initiative or organisation can prevent suicide on its own.

Ministry of Health

We recommend you review the information below from the Ministry of Health to gain a stronger and wider understanding on:

Coronial Services of New Zealand

This website will give you an overview of what you can expect to happen when a death is referred to a coroner. The police must report every suspected suicide to the coroner.

Funding for Rangatahi Suicide Prevention Initiatives

The Rangatahi Suicide Prevention Fund was allocated in 2015 to provide support for organisations working directly with rangatahi Māori suicide prevention..

The fund focuses on three broad areas:

  • growing rangatahi leadership – ensuring a by rangatahi for rangatahi approach that is culturally and generationally appropriate
  • building local capacity and capability
  • building the evidence base through research and evaluation.

$2.1m was budgeted for rangatahi youth suicide prevention. $1.95m has been allocated to 28 organisations to provide rangatahi Māori suicide prevention initiatives. The remaining budget will:

  • create online resources
  • evaluate the critical success factors of the initiatives provided by the 28 organisations
  • support a national conference to be held in March 2017.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Rangatahi Māori Suicide Prevention Fund?

It is a fund of $2.1 million that will focus on three broad areas:

  • growing rangatahi leadership – ensuring a by rangatahi for rangatahi approach that is culturally and generationally appropriate
  • building local capacity and capability
  • building the evidence base through research and evaluation.

What does this funding aim to achieve?

To provide support for organisations working directly with rangatahi Māori suicide prevention and evaluate their findings to identify a knowledge-based body of best practise resources.

How can suicide prevention organisations access this funding?

Te Puni Kōkiri has already distributed the budgeted funds to 28 organisations.

How much did each of the 28 organisations receive?

Twenty eight organisations nationwide have received a share of $1.95m to run rangatahi suicide prevention initiatives with allocations made by priority ranking by region:

  • Waikato-Waiariki (21.66%)
  • Te Tai Tokerau (20.99%)
  • Te Tai Hauāuru (16.78%)
  • Tāmaki Makaurau (16.59%)
  • Te Waipounamu (12.13%)
  • Ikaroa-Rāwhiti (11.87%)

Why put the fund in Te Puni Kōkiri?

Te Puni Kōkiri has good networks in the Māori community and are simply administrators of the fund.

How much did it cost to produce the new online resources?

$2.1m was budgeted for rangatahi youth suicide prevention. $1.95m has been allocated to 28 organisations to provide rangatahi Māori suicide prevention initiatives. The remaining budget will:

  • create online resources
  • evaluate the critical success factors of the initiatives provided by the 28 organisations
  • support a national conference to be held in March 2017.

What is the purpose of the video messages?

  • To deliver important information to rangatahi Māori in a way that they can connect with.
  • Social media is widely used by youth so packaging messages into a video is an effective way to engage rangatahi Māori.
  • Using video and social media means the messages can be seen by millions, many times over, at times and locations that suit the watcher, and is more cost effective.

What are the themes of the video messages and how were they chosen?

They have been developed by a group of rangatahi Māori, using their personal experiences. They identified four main themes.

  • #MāoriOra
  • #ReelKorero
  • #TechTikanga
  • #Mythbusters

#MāoriOra encourages strength and resilience and celebrates originality.

#ReelKorero asks whānau and friends to look, listen and ask – Are you OK?

#TechTikanga addresses appropriate behaviour when using technology (social media, mobile phones, etc).

#Mythbusters busts those myths that society and whānau believe as truths.

How many Māori committed suicide in the last 12 months?

  • There were 529 recorded suicides from July 2015 to June 2016
  • 129 Māori committed suicide from July 2015 to June 2016
  • There were 47 Māori female suicides from July 2015 to June 2016
  • There were 82 Māori male suicides from July 2015 to June 2016

For more statistical information go to https://coronialservices.justice.govt.nz/suicide/

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