National services and initiatives contributing to preventing suicide

The following links to key services, initiatives and organisations contributing to preventing suicide.

Common Ground for young people, whānau and friends
An online resource for family, whānau and friends to help our young people enjoy positive mental health and wellbeing.

Community Postvention Response Service (CPRS)
When requested, CPRS provides support to communities when there is concern about suicide contagion or a suicide cluster. CPRS provides consultation and clinical advice to communities to support their local response to reduce suicide risk and address community concerns. This is known as suicide postvention. You can find out more about CPRS in their information sheet (PDF, 180 KB).

Coronial Suspected Suicide Data Sharing Service (CDS)
CDS is a means for DHBs to access up-to-date coronial information on suspected suicides in their area via a secure channel to help support local postvention responses. There is a Memorandum of Understanding with the Coronial Services of New Zealand for CDS.

District health board-led activities
DHBs have responsibility for:

  • developing and implementing district-wide suicide prevention and postvention plans.
  • improving the responsiveness of primary health care and general practice to people with depression and other mild to moderate mental health and addiction issues. This is a key contributor to enhancing protective factors and reducing risk factors for suicide. Best practice guidelines have been developed, and increased access to primary mental health interventions is available through primary care including extended consultations, psychological and psychosocial interventions such as talking therapies. For more information visit the primary mental health page.
  • providing specialist mental health and addiction services (see Rising to the Challenge)
  • providing assessment, treatment and follow-up of people presenting to emergency departments with suicidal behaviour
  • providing public health and mental health promotion services.

A Suicide Prevention Toolkit for District Health Boards has been developed to support their role in suicide prevention.

Preventing suicide: Guidance for emergency departments has been developed to improve the quality of care for people who present to emergency departments as being at risk of suicide.

Kia Piki te Ora – Māori communities
Addressing suicidal behaviour in Māori communities through nine Kia Piki te Ora community development initiatives in the following districts: Northland (2 locations), Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Rotorua, Whanganui, Hawke’s Bay, Christchurch and Invercargill.

Created especially for New Zealand communities, LifeKeepers is a suicide prevention training programme that aims to equip people to  respond to people at risk of suicide. It combines an evidence-informed approach with local knowledge and experience, to provide a programme that is community focussed, clinically safe, and culturally responsive.

LifeKeepers is funded by the Ministry of Health and is available free of charge, to New Zealanders who are 18 years and over, and who are likely to interact with people at risk of suicide. The programme is designed especially for those who work in communities or in frontline community roles. For more information visit

The programme has not been developed or funded to train registered professionals or organisations which currently provide or fund suicide prevention training for their staff.

Like Minds, Like Mine
A national campaign to reduce stigma and discrimination faced by people with experience of mental illness.

MH 101: Mental health learning
A 1-day mental health learning programme which aims to give frontline workers in the health and social sector greater confidence to recognise, relate and respond to people experiencing mental illness.

Mental Health Foundation
Working towards creating a society free from discrimination, where all people enjoy positive mental health and well-being. Mental Health Foundation provides a range of consumer-oriented resources on suicide prevention and broader mental health issues including:

  • practical information on suicide prevention for family and whānau
  • advice and guidance for people setting up peer support groups for people bereaved by suicide
  • monitoring media reporting on suicide and advising media on safe reporting practice: Reporting Suicide: A resource for the Media
  • access to national and international suicide prevention research through the Foundation’s Information Service

National Depression Initiative
A national initiative to help increase community understanding about depression and encourage help-seeking, appropriate treatment and recovery – the National Depression Initiative includes:

  • – Online information for people experiencing signs of depression, and their families and friends
  • The Journal – an online self-help programme which can be accessed through
  • Need to talk? Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor
  • the Depression helpline  – 0800 111 757
  • – focusing on rural and farming populations
  • – a youth-specific website to help young people understand and deal with depression, which includes online support services.

Support and resources for children and adults experiencing change, loss and grief, including:

  • Travellers – a resilience-building programme for school students supporting them to navigate through change, loss and transition
  • Waves – an 8-week specialist-facilitated grief education programme for adults bereaved by suicide established by Skylight.

A self-help e-therapy tool that teaches young people the key skills needed to help combat depression and anxiety.

Support helplines
A range of telephone helplines and online services are available to provide support, information and help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Traumatic incident management support for schools and ECE services
The Ministry of Education provides guidelines for the management of traumatic incidents within schools and early childhood services.

Victim Support
Providing emotional support, personal advocacy and information to all people affected by crime and trauma throughout New Zealand. Victim Support provides a specialised service for people bereaved by suicide – the Initial Postvention Response Service.

Waka Hourua
Supporting and coordinating suicide prevention in Māori and Pasifika communities, Waka Hourua is a partnership between Te Rau Matatini and La Va to deliver the National Suicide Prevention Programme for Maori and Pasifika.

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