Suicide ‘postvention’ plan to be signed off

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Oamaru will commemorate World Suicide Prevention Day in a special way with the formalisation of a new project tomorrow.

The Waitaki Suicide Postvention Plan, prepared by the Waitaki Core Working Group (WCWG), will be signed off at the Oamaru Opera House on Wednesday afternoon.

WCWG member Wayne Stringer said the plan aimed to pull resources from a number of groups in the community to support people following a suicide to help prevent clusters and contagion.

“After a suicide event, a lot of people are affected.

“What we need to do is go in there and if required, we can offer advice and support.”

Mr Stringer said it was important to talk about the issue of suicide so that people could know where they could get help.

“The chief coroner wants to get the issue of suicide out in the community.

“It’s one of those things that needs to be discussed.”

Addressing the issue was especially important in North Otago because the area was over-represented in the statistics, however, he was not sure why.

“It’s a community issue and the community needs to be aware of it and work together accordingly.”

They were already using the same methods and resources to help the community after suicides, but signing off the plan would formalise the process, he said.

“It means that the structures and processes are in place to enable us to do things.

“I think it’s going to make the issue more accessible.”

The Waitaki Suicide Postvention Plan will be signed off at the Oamaru Opera House in a private meeting tomorrow..

Suicide Prevention campaigner Mike King will also be speaking at the Brydone Hotel, as part of World Suicide Prevention Day, on Wednesday at 7pm.

Where to get help

– Lifeline – 0800 543 354

– Depression Helpline (8 am to 12 midnight) – 0800 111 757

– Healthline – 0800 611 116

– Samaritans – 0800 726 666 (for callers from the Lower North Island, Christchurch and West Coast) or 0800 211 211 / (04) 473 9739 (for callers from all other regions)

– Suicide Crisis Helpline (aimed at those in distress, or those who are concerned about the wellbeing of someone else) – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)

– Youthline – 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email talk@youthline.co.nz

– What’s Up (for 5-18 year olds; 1 pm to 11 pm) – 0800 942 8787

– Kidsline (aimed at children up to 14 years of age; 4 pm to 6 pm weekdays) – 0800 54 37 54 (0800 kidsline)

If it is an emergency and you feel like you or someone else is at risk, call 111.

By RUBY HARFIELD