Suicide Prevention in Lakes DHB

"Suicide prevention is everyone's business"


Every year in New Zealand approximately 500 people take their lives by suicide, with many more engaging in suicidal behaviours. Death by suicide is preventable and these events affect the lives of family, whanau, friends and the wider community.

2006 Ministry of Health Suicide Prevention Strategy (2006-2016)
The seven goals to reduce suicide incidence are:
1 Promote mental health and wellbeing, and prevent mental health problems
2 Improve the care of people who are experiencing mental disorders associated with suicidal behaviours
3 Improve the care of people who make non-fatal suicide attempts
4 Reduce access to the means of suicide
5 Promote the safe reporting and portrayal of suicidal behaviour by the media
6 Support families/whanau, friends and others affected by a suicide or suicide attempt
7 Expand the evidence about rates, causes and effective interventions

Suicide Action Plan (2008-2012) further updated in 2013
Identified five keys areas that are reflective of the goals outlined on the left:
1 Support families, whanau, hapu, iwi and communities to prevent suicide
2 Support families, whanau, hapu, iwi and communities after suicide
3 Improve services and support for people at high risk of suicide who are receiving government services
4 Use social media to prevent suicide
5 Strengthen the infrastructure for suicide prevention

In order to achieve the above objectives, the Ministry of Health required district health boards to develop plans at a local level that reflect local communities, services and demographics to reduce the number of suicide events and suicide behaviours within the region.


What’s in the Lakes DHB Suicide Prevention Action Plan
• Lakes DHB Demographics
• Suicidal Behaviours and Suicides in Lakes DHB
• Stakeholder Engagement
• Postvention Pathway
• Training
• Leadership Group
• Gap Analysis
• Recommendations
• Barriers to Implementation 

Please click here to read the full information sheet on SUICIDE PREVENTION AND POSTVENTION.


Need help?

Crisis Assessment Team Lakes DHB – Ph 0800 166 167

If you or someone you love needs help now, call one of these organisations right away:
 Healthline - 0800 611 116
 Lifeline - 0800 543 354
 Samaritans - 0800 726 666
 Youthline - 0800 376 633
 Tautoko Suicide helpine - 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)
 Kidsline – 0800 543 754
 Whatsup - 0800 942 8787
 Depression helpline - 0800 111 757
 Rainbow Youth - 09 376 4155
SPARX - (a computer programme that helps young people with mild to moderate depression)
Free phone 0508 4 SPARX (0508 477 279) /
Free text SPARX to 234

Call 111 if you or someone else might be unsafe right now