Taranaki Suicide Prevention
Suicide Prevention Taranaki was established in 2008 and renamed in 2021.
Taranaki Suicide Prevention is a collective of people that are working together to reduce, if not eliminate, the number of suicides that occur in our communities. The group includes Taranaki DHB, Tui Ora, Victim Support, New Plymouth Injury Safe, Central Safe Trust, Taranaki Retreat, Taranaki Rural Support Trust, Yellow Brick Road, Hope Walk, Taranaki R.A.T.S, Family Works, Tu Taki Inc, WITT, the primary health organisation (PHO) Pinnacle Incorporated, interested individuals and other local contracted mental health service providers.
We meet monthly around Taranaki and membership is open to anyone with an interest in improving coordination of suicide prevention services across Taranaki. If you would like to know more, please email Sam Mahy at [email protected]
Kaiakiaki Ora - Taranaki Suicide Prevention and Postvention Coordinator
Our coordinator helps promote and coordinate actions by existing regional services that contribute to the suicide prevention continuum across Taranaki.
The role is not frontline but helps implement the Taranaki Action Plan by increasing community awareness, co-ordinating training and education, and supporting communities to design their own initiatives to reduce self-harm and suicide.
Our coordinator can facilitate workshops with Taranaki businesses and organisations to inform staff about suicide prevention, myths and facts, and how to start a conversation when you have concerns about someone. Alternatively, our coordinator can link you with other trainings available in the region.
If you are interested and would like to know more please email Sam Mahy at [email protected]
Where to find help – resources
Suicide Prevention Taranaki worked alongside other services and professionals to develop a local resource that responds to the needs of the community. See the flyer Conversations about Suicide for tips and information on where to go for help.
If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts and would like to speak with someone: