News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


How To Involve Whānau In Māori Suicide Prevention

Friday 15 February

How To Involve Whānau In Māori Suicide Prevention

The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) is holding its second of three free Māori Suicide Prevention webinars next Tuesday 19 February.

The first webinar was a great success, with around 750 participants on the day. Otago University Māori health lecturer Keri Lawson-Te Aho presented, and spoke about what needs to happen to prevent Māori suicide.

“We need to engage whānau at every level,” she said. “There is a wealth of untapped potential in our traditional knowledge bases. The restoration of cultural values is essential for the positive health of Māori.”

The second webinar will be presented by Di Grennell, director of Whānau Ora, and Michael Naera, Kia Piki Te Ora Project Leader. Di and Michael will be speaking about how to involve whānau and community in Māori suicide prevention.

“The first webinar showed why involving whānau in Māori suicide prevention strategies is critical,” says MHF Chief Executive Judi Clements. “The next webinar will give practical steps to show how we involve whānau and communities, and keep them involved.”

Time will be allowed for audience questions. Questions can be emailed to or tweeted to @suicidenz, using the hashtag #mspwebinar before, during, or after the webinar.

In New Zealand, Māori are disproportionately affected by suicide. In 2010 (the most recent year for which we have official statistics), the Māori youth suicide rate was more than 2.5 times higher than that of non-Māori youth. The suicide rates across the lifespan were about 1.5 times higher for Māori compared with non-Māori.

While suicide rates in New Zealand decreased for the overall population between 1996 and 2010, Māori suicides did not decrease. Given these statistics, it is important to look at specific approaches to preventing Māori suicide.

The MHF is hosting the webinars in collaboration with the Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor Māori, Victoria University of Wellington.

The webinar will run from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm on Tuesday 19th February.

Those interested in watching the webinars can register here

The third and final webinar in the series – Preventing Māori suicide: improving care and intervention will be broadcast on Tuesday 19 March.

About Suicide Prevention Information New Zealand (SPINZ)

Founded in 1999, SPINZ is a non-government, national information service promoting high quality information and resources to promote safe and effective suicide prevention activities.

Part of the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand, SPINZ is contracted by the Ministry of Health to provide its services, in alignment with the New Zealand Suicide Prevention Strategy and Action Plan.

The SPINZ website ( has a wealth of resources available to people who are in crisis, as well as those who wish to learn about suicide prevention, or how to respond when someone they know is at risk.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Scoop Review Of Books: Before The Quakes

Remembering Christchurch: Voices from decades past: The Christchurch I lived in for my first 23 years was where four-year-olds walked alone to kindergarten, crossing roads empty of all but a couple of cars per hour. My primary school, Ilam, was newly built on a grassy paddock surrounded by rural land... More>>

6-11 October: New Zealand Improvisation Festival Hits Wellington

Wellingtonians will have a wide selection of improv to feast on with a jam packed programme containing 22 shows, three companies from Australia, two companies from Auckland, one from Nelson, one from Christchurch and seven from Wellington. More>>


Bird Of The Year: New Zealanders Asked To Vote For Their Favourite Native Bird

Te Radar, David Farrier, Heather du-Plessis Allan and Duncan Garner are just some of the New Zealanders championing their favourite native bird in Forest & Bird’s annual Bird of the Year competition, which kicks off today.. More>>


Werewolf Film: It Follows - Panic In Detroit

Philip Matthews: When you heard last month that Wes Craven had died and you wanted to pay homage, you could have sat down with any one of five of his films that helped reinvent American horror at least three times over three decades... Or you could just have watched one of the greatest recent horror films that would probably not exist without Craven. More>>


Werewolf Music: Searching For The White Wail - On Art Pepper, etc

If the word ‘hipster’ means anything – which it arguably doesn’t – it seems to be more of an impulse than a condition. One always headed for the margins, and away from the white-bred, white-bread mainstream... More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Leonardo da Vinci - The Graphic Work

The breadth of da Vinci’s work is incredible: from animals to weaponry, architecture to fabric, maps to botany. The works have been divided into themes such as Proportion Drawings, Anatomical Drawings and Drawings of Maps and Plans. Each section begins with a short essay. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: James Hector: Explorer, Scientist, Leader

Publication of this comprehensive 274-page account of the life and work of James Hector by the Geoscience Society of New Zealand marks the 150th anniversary of James Hector’s appointment as New Zealand’s first government scientist. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news