Waka Hourua: An Agenda for Community Led Suicide Prevention

At Hui Fono 2019,  Sir Mason Durie presented 10 key priorities for supporting people in tough times by using the acronym  Waka Hourua.  The agenda was proposed to add to the current knowledge about suicide prevention and to  bring together priorities for all those people working in communities, and as front line workers to contribute …

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Relationship break ups are physical & emotional.

Māori are innately a relationships people influenced by generations of knowledge, practices and beliefs of whānaungatanga.  This is a deliberate practice of connectedness, often yearned for in contemporary times, where Māori will engage with others, to affirm whakapapa, to seek commonalities and acknowledge cultural and spiritual significance. Māori view the importance in attending to our …

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Economic Inequality is a social determinant to Wellbeing

Whatever we call it, be it low socio economic status or poor determinants, poverty is multidimensional and can impact many components of wellbeing.  We have to do more in Aotearoa to counteract the root cause and negative impacts of material and economic poverty upon whānau! Māori Suicide Prevention approaches can be deeper and broader in …

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Construction

Addressing the losses to Suicide in New Zealands Construction Workforce

Site Safe have been proactive in  exploring what is occurring for their workforce, after recognising the sectors losses to suicide.   A report called Suicide in New Zealand’s Construction Industry Workforce: Factors Identified in Coronial Reports can be read here https://www.sitesafe.org.nz/guides–resources/research/sitesaferesearch/ Key points  from the report appreciate the complex factors that may contribute to suicide risk …

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Making a decision about Suicide Prevention Training

Te Au provides a suite of training. We have found that our training has: Provided forum for participants to reflect on their own beliefs and attitudes about suicide Assisted participants to develop their knowledge and skills for responding to people who are suicidal Increased participants’ capacity to identify warning signs and risk factors for suicide …

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