Background

Supported by He Tapu te Oranga o ia Tangata: Every Life Matters Suicide Prevention Strategy. Te Au will see $1.6 million disbursed via Māori Community Suicide Prevention Funds to whānau, hapū, iwi, Māori communities and Māori providers to address suicide and its impacts.

Māori Suicide Prevention Community Fund
The Māori Community Suicide Prevention Fund is one off funding that will support Māori initiatives in 2020-2021 to build the capacity of Māori whānau, hapū and iwi to prevent suicide within communities and respond effectively if and when a suicide occurs.

The aims of the Māori Community Fund are to:

  • Encourage a focus on Wellbeing
  • Provide support to Māori whānau, hapū and iwi that are experiencing suicide risk and/or are bereaved by suicide
  • Build inclusive Māori communities and strengthen resilience
  • Raise awareness about available supports and resources
  • Increase awhi to whānau known to be at higher risk of suicidal distress.

The overarching goal of the fund is to build the capacity of Māori whānau, hapū and iwi to prevent suicide within communities and to respond effectively if and when a suicide occurs.

All funded initiatives will demonstrate a clear alignment to the fore mentioned aims and Every Life Matters- National Suicide Prevention Strategy and Action Plan.

He Tapu te Oranga o ia Tangata
He Tapu te Oranga o ia Tangata: Every Life Matters Suicide Prevention Strategy sets the vision for a future in Aotearoa where there is no suicide!!!

It predicts a future where the suicide rate has reduced, and every person and their whānau have increased confidence and feel their lives matter.

These are some of the key aspects expected to help people achieve their potential:

  • whakapapa – having a strong identity, knowing where they come from and where they belong
  • tūmanako – having self-worth and being optimistic about their future
  • whanaungatanga – being connected with friends, whānau, and wider communities
  • atawhaitanga – receiving support that responds to distress with compassion, respect and understanding. Also supports healing and recovery
  • kia mōhio, kia mārama – knowing where and how to access support
  • mauri tau – having easy access to support that recognises and responds to their needs when they are affected by suicide.