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New suicide prevention tool from Mental Health Foundation

Wednesday 2 December 2015


Are you worried someone is thinking of suicide? A new suicide prevention resource from the Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) has released its newest resource – Are you worried someone is thinking of suicide? Advice for families, whānau and friends.

“We all have a role to play in preventing suicide,” MHF chief executive Judi Clements says. “Family and friends are often the first to notice when something is wrong, and we often hear that people in that situation are worried about saying the wrong thing and don’t know where to go for help.

“This resource will guide families, whānau and friends to identify warning signs, know who is most at risk and find the right help and support when someone is in distress.”

The resource provides readers with tips and advice about what to say and when to say it, as well as building a support network and looking after yourself while caring for someone else.

“You don’t have to have all the answers,” Ms Clements says. “It’s fine to say ‘I don’t really know what to do, but I do know we need some help.’ Ask the person what they need, talk openly and honestly with them, and help them to access the support they need to begin their road to recovery.”

This new resource will help foster compassion and understanding, and allow families, whanau and friends to work together to prevent suicide in New Zealand.

This free resource is available to download or order from the Mental Health Foundation shop.

He taonga rongonui te aroha ki te tangata - Compassion for others is a precious treasure.


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